German defense giant Rheinmetall plans to launch a plant in Ukraine as early as 2024, with the first weapons rolling off the production lines within six months of the start of operations, news agency Reuters reported on Dec. 1.
Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said that the company expects to sign an agreement with Ukraine on the production of Fuchs (“fox” in German) armored transport vehicles and Lynx infantry fighting vehicles by early next year.
"After the contract is signed, we want to have finished the first (Fuchs) within six-seven months, and the first Lynx within 12-13 months," Papperger said.
Fuchs armored transport vehicle mass production in Ukraine is scheduled to begin by the end of the summer of 2024, while the production of infantry fighting vehicles will take a little longer, extending until the summer of 2025, he said.
However, the production of Panther tanks is not currently being considered.
Rheinmetall and the state-owned Ukrainian Defense Industry (Ukroboronprom) have established a joint venture aimed at maintaining and repairing equipment supplied by Ukrainian partners, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Oct. 24.
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