12 février 2024 | International, Sécurité

Shoring up national security preparedness: Rheinmetall to build new ammunition plant – German Chancellor and Prime Minister of Denmark take part in groundbreaking ceremony

This company-financed project represents investment volume in the €300 million range. Rheinmetall is therefore shouldering the entire cost of constructing the factory, with no government involvement


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    20 mars 2020 | International, Naval, C4ISR

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