German arms giant Rheinmetall has established a repair hub in Romania where it will carry out the maintenance of Ukrainian combat vehicles and self-propelled weapons, a spokesman for the German firm said on Sunday.
“Rheinmetall is working intensively on the construction of a military maintenance and logistics center on the territory of NATO partner Romania,” the official said, adding that construction work had already begun in the Satu Mare region near the Ukrainian-Hungarian border.
It is understood the center could start its work as early as April.
It is expected to “play a central role in maintaining the deployability of Western weapons systems used in Ukraine, ensuring their logistical supply,” according to Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger, who stressed that one of the company’s “central ambitions is to provide the best possible support to the NATO forces and Ukraine in this critical situation.”
The facility will be capable of servicing, among other things, self-propelled guns, German Leopard tanks, British Challenger armored personnel carriers, Marder and Fuchs infantry fighting vehicles, and military trucks.