Rheinmetall Denel Munition receives contract for 40 and 76 mm ammunition


Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has received a contract for 40 mm grenade and 76 mm gun ammunition from an international client, with deliveries to conclude next year.

The company on 4 December said a “prominent international client” had ordered 40 mm Low Velocity High Explosive and High Explosive Dual Purpose ammunition, which is scheduled for delivery this year, while the client’s order for 76 mm high explosive naval ammunition will be completed in 2021.

The 40 mm round is used by infantry forces and enabling engagement at ranges of 400 metres, whereas the 76mm/62mm ammunition is used by the Navy, RDM said.

“This is another successful extension of our pre-existing relationship, following an artillery supply,” commented Jan-Patrick Helmsen, CEO of RDM. The company added that more orders will be forthcoming.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition manufactures the full range of Low Velocity, Medium and High Velocity 40 mm ammunition. Self-destruct functionality, required by many users, has been implemented on the RDM High Velocity 40 mm ammunition range. This technology has also been migrated to the Medium Velocity range of 40 mm ammunition and is currently in Qualification testing for introduction in 2021.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Medium Velocity 40 mm ammunition has a maximum range of 800 metres, exceeding conventional extended range Low Velocity variants by up to 375 metres while delivering what it says is unparalleled accuracy. The company’s ammunition suite currently encompasses nine different Medium Velocity variants (Practice, Practice Tracer, Target Marker Orange, Red, Green and White Smoke Rounds, Smoke Bursting Red Phosphorous, HE, HEDP).

Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Low Velocity suite comprises the same variants as the Medium Velocity range. The current Rheinmetall Denel Munition High Velocity suite comprises Practice, Practice Tracer, Target Practice with Flash Bang function, HE and HE Self Destruct, HEDP and HEDP Self Destruct rounds.

RDM has been supplying 76/62 mm naval ammunition for more than 40 years. The company notes that the 76 mm system dominates the worldwide naval market and Rheinmetall provides a complete family of 76 mm naval ammunition. The various types of ammunition are serviceable in AAW (anti-air warfare), ASuW (anti-surface warfare) and ASMD (anti-ship missile defence) operations as well as naval gunfire support as secondary role.

Special High Explosive Pre-Formed Fragmented (HE PFF) ammunition is highly effective against sea skimming missiles and strike aircraft, while the multi-role HE ammunition can be used for anti-air warfare, naval combat and shore bombardment, RDM said. Other option for surface targets is the semi armour piecing shell (SAP), which has a delayed detonation impact fuze. For training purposes and naval exercises various rounds of Target Practice (TP), Target Practice Tracer (TP-T) and practice Flash no Fragment (FNF) ammunition are available.