Germany has long shown interest in acquiring the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) developed by the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Berlin has been seeking to modernize its military capabilities like the rest of Europe, which the ongoing War in Ukraine further prompted. It has identified the American HIMARS as a vital asset that could enhance its precision strike capabilities and overall military strength.

With this, the recent signing of the agreement between defense contractors Rheinmetall Defence and Lockheed Martin to jointly develop and provide the cutting-edge rocket artillery system indicated a promising future for the German military.

The German rocket artillery system will be customized by both defense contractors based on its “unique” specifications, with Lockheed utilizing its vast expertise gained from producing combat-tested weapons such as HIMARS.

“For us, the letter of intent signed today is an agreement of strategic significance,” said Armin Papperger, Rheinmetall AG’s chief executive, via press release.

The combination of Lockheed Martin’s proven capabilities and extensive know-how with Rheinmetall’s experience in fabrication and production opens unique opportunities for both sides,” he added.

Under the signed deal, both companies will work on potential joint opportunities in research and development, production, and other activities. Earlier this year, Papperger announced that both companies were in discussion to produce the HIMARS in Germany. The recent announcement follows up on this development.

We have the technology for the production of the warheads as well as for the rocket motors – and we have the trucks to mount the launchers upon,” Papperger said in an interview with Reuters in January.