Australia orders Rheinmetall’s smart sea mines


Rheinmetall will supply smart sea mines to Australian Navy: Australian government has ordered a significant quantity of smart sea mines produced by German defence company Rheinmetall’s wholly owned Italian subsidiary RWM Istalia SPA. According to Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure of low three-digit million-euro range with potential growth in the coming years.

Dusseldorf based defence company said the Australian order for smart sea mines once again underscores the great trust the Commonwealth of Australia places in Rheinmetall and its products.

“The Australian Defence Forces have purchased latest generation of Rheinmetall smart sea mines, which will strengthen the Australian maritime Defence capabilities, with mines able to be deployed from several platforms.  Defence evaluated market options last year, and has selected RWM Italia to provide the capability,” Rheinmetall said in a statement sent to Defence Star.

RWM Italia was assessed by the Commonwealth of Australia to possess both the technology to meet ADF strategic objectives and the ability to produce the quantities of mines required.

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According to the company officials, the types and numbers of sea mines to be provided are classified, but delivery is expected to commence this year.

Rapidly deployable and technologically sophisticated, the RWM Italia smart mines will provide a new level of deterrence to any potential adversary. Australian Industry will be engaged in the ongoing sustainment of the capability, said the company.

The Group’s centre of excellence for underwater defence systems, RWM Italia is a leader in the strategic domain of multi-influence naval mines and mine-clearing systems, with a presence in over 20 countries.

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According to Rheinmetall officials, RWM Italia, the Group’s centre of excellence for underwater defence systems, is a leader in the strategic field of multi-influence mines and minesweeping systems, with a presence in over twenty countries.

The German defence company said that Rheinmetall Defence Australia Pty Ltd, Rheinmetall’s lead unit in Australia together with RWM Italia is committed to supporting the ADF in the long-term use of these systems.

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