Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH is a German chemical and weapons company whose headquarters is in Troisdorf, Germany. It was founded in 1865 by Alfred Nobel. Dynamit Nobel AG originates from the company Alfred Nobel & Co., founded on 21 June 1865 in Hamburg by the Swedish chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel. This business exported a liquid combination of nitroglycerin and gunpowder known as “Blasting Oil”, but it was extremely unstable and difficult to transport, as shown in numerous catastrophes. Liquid nitroglycerin was widely banned elsewhere as well, and this finally led to Alfred Nobel & Company’s development of dynamite in 1867, made by mixing the nitroglycerin with the diatomaceous earth (kieselguhr) found in the Krümmel hills.
After World War Two, Dynamit Nobel began manufacturing plastic equipment and ammunition in West Germany but was not able to keep the factories located in the areas occupied by the Soviets. These factories were partly dismembered. From 1953, Dynamit Nobel tried to develop intermediary organic products in order not to rely completely on the plastic equipment. After deciding the rearmament of Bundeswehr, the manufacture of ammunition was restarted in 1957, at first in the factory of Liebenau by the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung chemischer Erzeugnisse mbH which had survived the war. In 1959, Dynamit AG changed its name to Dynamit Nobel AG, in remembrance of its famous founder.
Dynamit Nobel AG was dismantled and taken over by several companies. The dismantlement of the Nobel group was made in close collaboration with the employees representatives, who were highly involved during the sales negotiations. In 2004, the Dynamit Nobel AG was dissolved and the individual business divisions were restructured. Thus, Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH was founded as an independent company, located in Burbach, Germany, with main focus on the defence/military section.Today, DND is the global technology leader in the field of ballistic shoulder launched weapons. Armed Forces from more than 20 nations worldwide put their trust in the high-tech weapon systems of the German company.
In 1986, following the progress which had been made in the sector of armoured vehicles, Dynamit Nobel AG started to develop Panzerfaust 3, which still is in service as the highest-performance shoulder launched anti-tank weapon worldwide with its latest combat efficiency improvements. The name “Panzerfaust“ is considered iconic nowadays all over the world and is synonymous with high-capacity infantry anti-tank technology. The German Armed Forces and Dynamit Nobel Defence developed the RGW90 LRMP family – a light multipurpose shoulder launched weapon system, which is designed to be operated against a wide spectrum of targets with more than 1,000 m distance proving utmost efficiency. In 2017, the RGW90 LRMP is handed over to the German Army during an official ceremony.