Rheinmetall expands into space technology with focus on tactical reconnaissance

Source: Rheinnetall, Defence Industry Europe

The Duesseldorf-based technology group Rheinmetall, a leading supplier of innovative technology solutions, is opening up new business areas in the space dimension. Initial conceptual approaches have been presented at the “International Aerospace Exhibition” - ILA 2024 - in Berlin. Rheinmetall is also exploring various areas of the NewSpace market.


For the group, the focus in the space domain is primarily on the integration and utilization of space-based reconnaissance data in the tactical battlefield. To meet the individual needs of military customers, the group is working on customized solutions for tactical vehicles. By cooperation with selected partner companies, state-of-the-art technologies and services from the space sector will be made available to the defence sector.

Embedded in Rheinmetall’s current strategy is an investment in ICEYE, international market leader in (synthetic aperture radar) SAR satellites. This investment was made through the subsidiary Rheinmetall Nordic.


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“The space domain is an integral part of a defence strategy and of great relevance to our military clients,” referring to Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall AG. “We are convinced that our combined capabilities will enable us to develop innovative approaches to offer customized solutions for our military customers in the future.”

ICEYE delivers unparalleled persistent monitoring capabilities to detect and respond to changes in any location on Earth, faster and more accurately than ever before. Owning the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, ICEYE provides objective, near real-time insights and data, day or night, even in challenging environmental conditions. As a trusted partner to governments and commercial industries, ICEYE enables decision-making that contributes to community resilience and sustainable development. Headquartered in Finland, ICEYE operates with over 700 employees internationally with offices in Finland, Poland, Spain, the UK, and the US.



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