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RDM wins new ammunition contracts in 2018

A G6 firing a 155 mm round.Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has this year won orders for various artillery components from an international customer worth €28 million.

Rheinmetall on 7 June said the orders, booked during the first and second quarters of 2018, include fuses, charges and a large number of projectiles.

“In recent years, Rheinmetall has continued to upgrade and enhance its artillery ammunition in response to steadily evolving customer requirements. Encompassing a number of different service and practice rounds, the Group’s globally acclaimed 155 mm Assegai ammunition family meets the changing needs of the modern military,” Rheinmetall said.

“Thanks to long-established relationships with customers around the world and its comprehensive expertise, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Group can point to a steady inflow of important orders in this domain.”

The most recent orders come on the back of major success for Rheinmetall Denel Munition, which in late 2017 received a major contract for 155 mm Assegi ammunition from the Australian Defence Force.

RDM is supplying 155mm Assegai projectiles to Australia’s largest privately owned defence company NIOA, under the LAND 17-1C2 Future Artillery Ammunition program for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The AU$100 million contract, in partnership with Rheinmetall Defence, Rheinmetall Nitrochemie and Junghans Microtec, was tendered on last year.

RDM’s portion of the initial contract for the qualification ammunition and war stock is approximately AU$60 million. After successful qualification of the ammunition with the in service 155mm weapon system in Australia, RDM will receive orders on an annual basis for training ammunition. The first lot of qualification ammunition will be delivered this year.

RDM will supply the complete family of ballistically matched Assegai projectiles with extended range, improved accuracy and increased effect, replacing the ADF’s older generation ammunition. The latest technology includes the full suite of ammunition including High Explosive, V-LAP High Explosive Extended Range, visual and infrared illumination and smoke and practice rounds as well as modular charges for training.

Established in September 2008, Rheinmetall Denel Munition has been able to access several world markets, previously not available to Denel.

Since 2009, the company’s exports have grown from around the 50% mark to reach a record level of 80% last year.

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