Rheinmetall Supplying Ukraine with Automated Reconnaissance Systems

German Rheinmetall is supplying Ukraine with automated reconnaissance systems, in cooperation with Estonian DefSecIntel. The order is in the double-digit million-euro range and the delivery has already begun, according to company press release

What happened?

At the behest of the German government, Rheinmetall is supplying Ukraine with automated reconnaissance systems. These systems, known as SurveilSPIRE, consist of mobile surveillance towers with day and night-capable camera equipment, autopiloted mini drones, a control system, and transport vehicles. The order is worth a figure in the double-digit million-euro range and is being carried out in cooperation with the Estonian company DefSecIntel. Delivery has already commenced.

How SurveilSPIRE systems matter?

The SurveilSPIRE systems are designed to monitor large areas of terrain with as few personnel as possible, making it a valuable tool for Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia. The system is relatively easy to assemble and operate, with only three personnel required for assembly and a fully automated operation. It also has wireless links (4G and Starlink) for video transmission to a mobile command post and solar panels that allow for sustained operation without power cables or a fuel source. Additionally, the system is equipped with autopiloted reconnaissance drones that can be used to inspect detected threats and initiate necessary countermeasures.


Rheinmetall is already taking part in several projects in support of Ukraine. On behalf of the German government, for example, Rheinmetall subsidiary Zeppelin Mobile Systeme GmbH is supplying Ukraine this year with a turnkey field hospital. Moreover, Ukraine is taking delivery of 26 brand new high-mobility HX swap-body trucks, as well as other defence materiel to help repel the Russian invasion. Rheinmetall is also a partner in multiple multilateral “Ringtausch” transactions, which involve NATO member nations transferring Soviet-era equipment to Ukraine in exchange for surplus Western-made systems.

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Yevhen Alshan

Ukrainian writer & editor at Twiyo Content. Born in Donetsk, currently situated in Kyiv, Ukraine. I cover news from the heart of Europe’s fight for freedom.