The Italian armed forces have awarded Rheinmetall a contract for more than 50 000 rounds of enhanced-performance 40 x 53 mm ammunition worth €8.7 million.
Italy is the third NATO nation to order 40 mm Infantry Ammunition from Rheinmetall, following in the footsteps of Canada and Denmark.
Rheinmetall explains that the infantry ammunitions is designed for use in automatic grenade launchers like MK19, MK47 and Heckler & Koch GMG. The company said the 40 x 53 mm High Velocity High Explosive Dual Purpose Insensitive Munition with Electronic Self Destruct (HV HEDP IM ESD) is also able to be used against semi-hard targets and lightly armoured vehicles at ranges of up to 2 200 metres.
Rheinmetall, in statement, boasts that the 40 mm Infantry Ammunition is the only 40 mm cartridge on the market today that can penetrate 80 mm of RHA (rolled homogenous armour) steel. Another exclusive performance feature is the round’s insensitive propulsion system. Together with its explosive, the round conforms to the insensitive ammunition criteria contained in STANAG 4439 Level/Reaction Type V.