Rheinmetall Electronics, Diehl Defence and Hensoldt Sensors have teamed up to bid for the future German short-range and very short-range air defence system, known as the ‘LVS NNbS’.

The partners have signed a joint agreement to form a special collaboration known as Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE). The tender will be submitted under the ARGE NNbS framework.

Through this collaboration, the three companies aim to provide a ‘national and low-risk solution’ that can be easily available with the help of ‘commercially available systems and system components’.

The NNbS project seeks to fill a capability gap in protecting ground troops and other assets against ‘short and very short-range aerial threats’ during deployed operations.

ARGE NNbS’ conceptual system design is mainly based on proven systems and subsystems, including integration of components that are already in use with Bundeswehr, the unified German Armed Forces.

In addition, ARGE NNbS will offer complete logistical support in Germany for the system.

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In a joint statement, the companies said: “Thanks to the complementary core competencies of the three national bidders, the ARGE possesses the prerequisites, qualifications and expertise to meet all of the customer’s needs.”

Rheinmetall’s electronic solutions and vehicle system divisions will contribute their technical expertise in the development and delivery of defence systems.

Diehl Defence will bring its knowledge in the development and manufacture of guided missiles.

Meanwhile, Hensoldt will leverage its experience in making combat-tested products such as radars.

Earlier this week, Rheinmetall announced a $103.7m (€88m) contract from Bundeswehr to supply MELLS antitank guided missile system.