Rheinmetall Ukrainian Defense Industry Opens. Image -Rheinmetall/UDI

Rheinmetall Ukrainian Defense Industry LLC, a joint venture between Rheinmetall and UDI, Ukraine’s state-owned defense industry, officially opened its maintenance and repair center in western Ukraine on June 10, 2024.

Currently, the hub focuses on the maintenance and overhaul of Marder infantry fighting vehicles. Looking ahead, Leopard 1 and 2 main battle tanks, along with other German-made systems, will be serviced at additional locations across Ukraine.

Rheinmetall is leveraging existing Ukrainian infrastructure while also contributing specialized tools, spare parts, and other equipment to the hub. Notably, Ukrainian specialists underwent training at Rheinmetall facilities in Germany last year. These industrial mechanics, mechatronics engineers, and other personnel have since returned to Ukraine and are actively involved in maintaining and repairing critical systems.

The joint venture was announced in May 2023 and began initial operations in October 2023. It is jointly owned by Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH, with a 51% stake, and UDI, which holds the remaining 49%.