Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH, or RMMV, is a joint venture company between German companies MAN Truck & Bus AG and Rheinmetall AG. RMMV is part of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems Division. Rheinmetall AG holds a 51% stake in RMMV, with the remaining 49% held by MAN Truck & Bus. RMMV was initially a provider to security and armed forces of a wide range of armoured and unarmoured transport, command and role-specific wheeled vehicles, but since 2019 and a restructure has focused on military specific and militarised commercial trucks.[2]

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles
Industrydefence company
Founded1 May 2010[1]
Munich, Bavaria
Area served
Key people
Business Unit Logistic Vehicles:
Ludwig Ostler (CEO); André Barthel (CFO); Heiko Kayser (COO)[1]
MAN Truck & Bus AG:
Joachim Drees
Number of employees

Company evolutionEdit

In 2009 the then MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG (now MAN Truck & Bus AG) and Rheinmetall AG announced their respective intentions to form a joint wheeled military vehicles company. The alliance became a legal reality in May 2010. RMMV was originally the merger of Rheinmetall's wheeled military vehicle activities with those of the military truck activities of MAN. The aim of this merger was to combine the complementary technological core competencies of MAN's automotive expertise in commercial-vehicle manufacture with Rheinmetall's technological know-how in the military land sector/systems field. The result of this merger was the creation of a single-source provider for a wide range of armoured and unarmoured transport, command and role-specific wheeled vehicles.[3]

As a first step, the development and sales activities of both companies was transferred to RMMV effective 1 May 2010. The first public appearance of the RMMV was at IDEB 2010 in Bratislava.[4] In October 2010, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles agreed to cooperate with driveline specialist Timoney Technology.[5] The first example of this partnership was the Wisent.

In a second contractually agreed step, by the end of 2011 the relevant production facilities of the partner companies were to be integrated into the joint venture structure, though they were remain at their present locations in Kassel, Germany (Rheinmetall) and Vienna, Austria (MAN). During the first phase, RMMV had approximately 370 employees. Following completion of the second phase, the company's staff steadily increased to a maximum level of around 1,800.[6]

From January 2016 RMMV has operated as part of the wider Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems. From 2016 Rheinmetall Defence (the defence arm of the Rheinmetall Group) has operated as three divisions; Vehicle Systems; Electronic Solutions; and Weapons and Ammunition. In July 2019 Rheinmetall announced that the company was pursuing a buyback of some shares held by MAN Truck & Bus in the RMMV joint venture (JV) company, specifically 100% of shares in the tactical vehicle segment of the business. As of September 2019, RMMV (which remains a 51/49% JV) only produces military and militarised trucks (including protected), with tactical vehicles now produced by 100% Rheinmetall-owned Rheinmetall Military Vehicles.[1][2]

RMMV's headquarters is in Munich,[7][8] with the main competence center for the production of protected and unprotected trucks being a production plant in Vienna.[2] Current subsidiary companies are Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Österreich GesmbH, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia Pty Ltd[9] and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles UK Ltd.


(current portfolio)

(part of the pre-2019 portfolio)

Armoured tracked vehicles such as the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle and Leopard main battle tank have always been products of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) portfolio, and as tracked platforms were never part of the RMMV joint venture.[10]

Products (legacy)

RMMV portfolioEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Rheinmetall World Defence Industry". Jane's World Defence Industry. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "(MAN) RMMV FX, LX, MX and SX ranges of tactical trucks". Jane's Shaun C Connors. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ "MAN/RMMV HX tactical range of trucks". IHS Jane's Shaun C Connors & Christopher F Foss. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Medzinárodný Veľtrh Obrannej Techniky Bratislava". ideb.sk. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  5. ^ "defence.professionals". defpro.com. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  6. ^ "RMMV". RMMV. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  7. ^ "MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and Rheinmetall form joint company for wheeled military vehicles". militarytrucks.man-mn.com. 12 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  8. ^ AD HOC NEWS. "MAN: Gründung von Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH wirksam geworden". ad-hoc-news.de. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  9. ^ "RMMV". RMMV. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  10. ^ Oliver Hoffmann (Rheinmetall AG) (3 May 2010). "Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) – Closing nach Kartellfreigabe erfolgt". rheinmetall.de. Retrieved 22 July 2010.

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