Rheinmetall and the US company Lockheed Martin are expanding their cooperation.

The two defense companies signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at cooperation on missile artillery and laser weapon systems, among other things, Rheinmetall announced on Thursday. It is "a logical step for us to take our cooperation with Rheinmetall to the next strategic level," said Lockheed Martin representative Dennis Goege. "Both companies have specific capabilities and technological expertise that complement each other perfectly," emphasized Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger.

Among other things, Rheinmetall is working with its US partner on the F-35A fighter aircraft. The Düsseldorf-based company plans to start producing fuselage parts for the stealth bomber in North Rhine-Westphalia in the near future. In 2023, Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin joined forces to develop a new multiple rocket launcher system that could be used by the Bundeswehr.

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