RDM to host ammunition capability demonstration


Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is gearing up to host one of the world’s biggest live-fire demonstrations at Arniston in the Southern Cape.

The RDM Ammunition Capability Demonstration will take place from 18 to 21 March at the Denel Overberg Test Range outside Arniston in what will be the third iteration of the event since the establishment of RDM in 2008.

RDM’s capabilities will be showcased to more than 800 guests from approximately 60 countries around the world. A wide range of weapons and ammunition will be on display, amongst them 40 mm grenades to guided bombs, as well as a wide range of artillery shells that include 155 mm and practice to tracer and illuminating types. Additionally, Rheinmetall Denel Munition will display its brand new 60 to 120mm mortar range.

Guests will be treated to both day and night firings on 19 and 20 March. This will include 60, 81 and 120 mm mortars, 155 mm artillery, 76/62 mm naval guns, Mk 82 aircraft bombs, the Plofadder mine breaching system, 40 mm grenades, hand grenades, flares, 90 mm anti-tank rounds, small arms and 20, 23 and 35 mm cannons. A wide variety of ammunition will be fired from the different weapons.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition will be utilising the Denel Land Systems T5-52 artillery system to demonstrate its Assegai range of ammunition.

RDM held its last ammunition capability demonstration in April 2015 when 400 guests from 57 countries descended on the Denel Overberg Test Range. The first Defence Day was held at Alkantpan in the Northern Cape. For 2015’s edition, Rheinmetall and Denel joined forces to display a wide range of weapons and ammunition, from 40 mm grenades to guided bombs. This included 105 and 155 mm artillery, 76 mm naval rounds, the Al Tariq guided bomb, 70 mm air-to-surface rockets, Plofadder minefield breaching system, Ingwe anti-tank missile, Umkhonto rocket motor and 30 mm CamGun as well as small arms, mortars and pyrotechnics.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition specialises in the field of ammunition, including design, development and manufacturing, particularly regarding artillery, mortar and infantry systems as well as plant engineering. While Rheinmetall Defence does most of its business with NATO countries, Rheinmetall Denel Munition covers not only the South African market but also Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. RDM’s factories in South Africa are all at 100% capacity and some are even running 24 hours a day to keep pace with demand.