(PRESS RELEASE) DÜSSELDORF, 31-May-2022 — /EuropaWire/ — Rheinmetall AG (ETR: RHM), a German integrated technology group active in the automotive and defence industries, has announced a new contract for the delivery of 40mm grenade launcher ammunition for the Spanish armed forces. The contract, worth in the low single-digit million euro range, has been awarded to the company’s South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition and will last for about four years and includes the supply of 40mm x 53 high velocity combat as well as training ammunition with deliveries slated to start in 2022.
The delivery now ordered by Spain comprises 40mm x 53 high explosive (HE), high explosive dual purpose (HEDP) as well as training ammunition with and without tracer. It is intended for the SB-40 LAG and Mk 19 grenade machine guns. These are used by the army and also by the navy.
The 40×53 mm high velocity (HV) ammunition from Rheinmetall Denel Munition reaches a velocity of 240 m/s and has an effective range of 2,200 metres. The High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) is a multi-purpose ammunition. On the one hand, it has a high fragmentation and shrapnel effect against soft targets, but as a shaped charge ammunition it can also be used against lightly armoured targets or fortified positions. It has a penetrating power of 50mm RHA (Rolled Homogenous Armour).
Rheinmetall’s product portfolio in 40mm calibre also includes 40x46mm Low Velocity and 40x51mm Medium Velocity ammunition for a wide range of applications. In addition, there are fire control systems as well as weapon systems for the grenade gunner.
For Rheinmetall Denel Munition, the framework contract is another sales success in a NATO country. It also confirms the Rheinmetall subsidiary’s competence as a systems house for indirect fire, offering innovative and reliable solutions based on technologies developed in-house.
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