Rheinmetall’s investment through the Romanian-German joint venture Romanian Military Vehicle Systems (RMVS) will create more than 600 direct and indirect jobs at the factory in Moreni. 400 units of 8×8 Agilis armoured conveyors will be manufactured here and about 87 percent of the components will be produced and supplied from Romania, a press release shows.
This is the first joint venture in the Romanian defense industry where the Romanian state owns 50 percent. Thus, the first Romanian armoured conveyor will be sent to the National Army in 2020.
”Each invested euro in the Moreni factory multiplies. There are amounts that remain in the Romanian economy, as well as the intellectual rights of the product, as it is a product made in Romania,” Karl-Ulrich Zulauf, General Manager RMVS said.
Just on Wednesday, the Competition Council (CC) authorised the economic operation by which Romarm SA (UAM) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH set up the new joint venture.
The Agilis will incorporate Romanian technologies from the local-made SAUR prototypes and German Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicles.
The Agilis vehicle is 8.02 metres long and 2.99 metres wide and is powered by a 612 horsepower diesel engine from the German manufacturer Liebheer. The top speed of the Agilis is expected to exceed 100 kilometres per hour on road, while the road range is more than 800 kilometres. The vehicle can climb 60 percent slope and drive on 30 percent side-slope. The vehicle is designed with a turn radius of 9.5 metres.