The construction of a new plant of the Rheinmetall arms concern for producing fuselage parts for the modern F-35 fighter jet started on Tuesday in the community of Wietze in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The new plant in North Rhine-Westphalia is the first facility in which the German state will invest from a special fund of 100 billion euros announced last February.
The plant will cover an area of 60,000 square meters, and the construction cost is estimated at around 200 million euros—Rheinmetall plans to put the production facilities into operation in two years.
The plant will produce at least 400 F-35 fuselage sections. The first will be shipped immediately to the United States, where they will be used to assemble fighter jets for Germany, which plans to buy 35 of these aircraft for €8.3 billion.
In addition to production, the Rheinmetall plant will include logistics areas, warehouses, research and testing facilities.
Author - Olena Madiak, 01/08/2023