• The F-35 production line in Fort Worth.

Credit: Lockheed Martin
    The F-35 production line in Fort Worth. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall have signed a new collaboration memorandum of understanding (MoU) at ILA Berlin. 

The two companies aim to collaborate in areas including land, air and naval forces as well as in simulation and maintenance.
Specifically, this includes rocket artillery systems, laser weapon systems, simulation and training for land vehicles and helicopters, short-range air defence (SHORAD) and other areas of cooperation.

In 2023, Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin teamed up to develop GMARS, a two-pod multiple rocket launcher system designed to meet the growing demand for long-range rocket artillery. If selected by the Bundeswehr, this system would bring significant workshare to the German industry.

The companies have also collaborated in the aerospace sector. As part of the international F-35 supply chain, Rheinmetall will soon start the production of up to 400 F-35 center fuselages in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

“This signing today builds on successful cooperation such as the German F-35 program or the GMARS rocket artillery system," said Dennis Goege, vice president for Central and Eastern Europe at Lockheed Martin. 

"It is a logical step for us to take our collaboration with Rheinmetall to a new strategic level which will strengthen our enduring relationship with German and European industries," he added. 

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