Bundeswehr awards procurement order to Rheinmetall for RCS systems

6 May 2020 (Last Updated May 6th, 2020 12:08)

Bundeswehr has awarded a procurement order to Rheinmetall for the supply of four Route Clearance Systems (RCS).

Bundeswehr has awarded a procurement order to Rheinmetall for the supply of four Route Clearance Systems (RCS).

Value of the four-year supplementary contract has not been disclosed but is said to be in the lower two-digit million-euro range.

Under the contract, Rheinmetall will modify five Fuchs/Fox 1A8 wheeled armoured transport vehicles into operator team vehicles.

It will also convert four Wiesel/Weasel 1 airmobile weapons carriers into tracked detector platforms.

Additionally, the delivery will include seven reserve dual sensors, a key component of the RCS, along with transport and storage racks. The company will also provide logistical support.

According to the company, the sensor is the latest ‘version purged of obsolescent elements’.

In 2011, Rheinmetall concluded its first delivery of seven RCS systems under the Heavy Explosives and Ordnance Demolition Platoon to Bundeswehr.

The complete clearance system includes five vehicles designed to conduct detection and clearance of landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED), command and transport activities.

Wiesel/Weasel platform is remotely controlled and features a newly developed, integrated dual sensor and a metal detector. The sensor has an in-built ground-penetrating radar.

The platform helps detect landmines and IEDs on sections of road and off-road terrain.

Featuring operator consoles, the Fuchs/Fox 1A8 armoured transport vehicle serves as a mobile, highly protected command post.

The consoles control the vehicles and systems to assess the dual sensor signals.

Ordnance verification vehicle, which has been ordered separately, can remotely control inspection of sceptical objects.