Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have formed Lithuania Defense Services, a joint venture (JV) to deliver logistical support for combat vehicles.

Both Rheinmetall and KMW own a 50% stake in the new company established in Lithuania.

Sebastian Dietz has been appointed as managing director of Lithuania Defense Services, which has already begun work in Jonava.

Spread across 12,000m², the advanced logistics centre is situated near Rukla, which is a key base for Lithuania’s military, as well as Nato Battlegroup Lithuania.

The JV aims to strengthen interoperability among armed forces belonging to the Nato nations.

The company will provide services in the form of maintenance and logistical support for ‘Vilkas’, Lithuania’s version of the Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle.

Other combat vehicles of the Baltic States and Nato nations deployed in the region as part of enhanced Forward Presence will also be serviced by the company.

The vehicle fleet includes Boxer systems, Puma infantry fighting vehicles, Bergepanzer 3 Büffel/Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, PzH 2000 howitzers, and Leopard 2 main battle tanks.

With expertise in the field of equipment manufacturing, both Rheinmetall and KMW will facilitate quick reactions and better supply chains to support Nato units. 

Earlier this month, Rheinmetall secured contracts from Nato customers to supply 35mm calibre ammunition. Deliveries under the contract are worth €20m and will take place in 2023 and 2024.

The ammunition provides high penetration performance, versatility, low dispersion, and safety features.