Rheinmetall receives $140 million in EU funding to boost ammunition production


The EU has granted EUR 130 million ($140 million) to German defense contractor Rheinmetall to increase its ammunition production capacity, the company announced on March 26.

Europe's largest ammunition producer noted that more than a quarter of the total EUR 500 million was allocated by the EU under the Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP) to expand 155mm artillery shell production across Rheinmetall’s European subsidiaries.

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This funding will bolster operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania, and Spain, with the signing of the respective grant agreements expected in May 2024.

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“The significance of artillery has become clear from the Ukrainian defensive campaign,” said Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall.

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“European armed forces also need to replenish their stocks of artillery munitions. We are ready for this challenge and are already making the necessary preparations.”

Since 2022, Rheinmetall has been increasing its manufacturing capacity. By 2027, the company aims to manufacture up to 1.1 million artillery shells annually.

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