DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 28 (UPI) -- Germany's Rheinmetall Defense has restructured its Combat Systems division to better take advantage of market opportunities.
The Combat Systems division is responsible for the company's tracked combat and combat support vehicles, force protection systems and weapon and ammunition activities.
Under the new structure -- announced this week but with effect from last January -- the division was reformed into five units: Integrated Systems, Combat Platforms, Weapon & Munition, Propulsion Systems and Protection Systems.
The newly founded Integrated Systems manages inter-divisional programs. Combat platforms manages heavyweight combat vehicles and includes Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH and PSM GmbH, maker of the Puma infantry fighting vehicle.
The Weapon & Munition business unit develops and manufactures medium- and large-caliber weapon systems and ammunition and, as before, includes RWM GmbH, RWM Zaugg AG and RWM Arges GmbH, while adding RWM Schweiz AG in Switzerland, ARM Inc. in the United States, Rheinmetall Denel Munition Pty Ltd and Rheinmetall Laingsdale Pty Ltd of South Africa, and RWM Italia, S.p.A.
Propulsion Systems is comprised of subsidiaries Nitrochemie AG, NC Aschau GmbH and NC Wimmis AG, the Rheinmetall Group said.
"The Combat Systems division's new structure welds the group's global activities in the field of weapons and ammunition into a single, globally oriented organization with a strong focus on core competencies and reinforced sales units," the group said.