MBDA Italia and Rheinmetall Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore possibilities for collaborating in the area of air defence including disruptive technologies and in the national and European defence funds domain. The two companies will create joint working groups tasked with identifying possibilities for joint technological development and business opportunities. During a two-year timeframe, MBDA Italia and Rheinmetall Italia will study ways of working together with the ultimate aim of developing joint business opportunities in Italy and the international marketplace.
Rheinmetall Italia is one of Europe’s foremost suppliers of air defence and radar technology. Rheinmetall AG is a German automotive and arms manufacturer, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its shares are traded on the Frankfurt stock exchange. As an integrated technology group with more than 25,000 employees worldwide, the listed Rheinmetall AG stands for a strong, internationally successful company that operates in various markets with an innovative range of products and services. Rheinmetall draws on its high level of expertise in its basic technologies to address long-term megatrends for a safe and liveable future.
MBDA Italia is part of MBDA, the only European defence group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces. The company name is an initialism of the names of the companies that came together to form it: Matra, BAe Dynamics and Alenia. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide. It was formed as a joint venture by a merger of the guided missile divisions of EADS (now Airbus), Finmeccanica (now Leonardo), and BAE Systems in December 2001. Its headquarters are located in Le Plessis-Robinson, France.