Cloud takes a step forward


The Defence Materiel Division of the Department of Defence has awarded Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) a R349 933 contract to develop and evaluate concept warheads for the solid fuel ramjet (SFRJ) project.

The work follows three contracts awarded to Flamengro, a research & development company within the Armscor Business environment in recent years to continue work on a solid fuel ramjet artillery projectile, apparently under the programme name Project Cloud. Flamengro consulting engineer Adriaan Steenkamp in 2009 told an audience the technology would allow for the further extension of the range of artillery projectiles.

July’s R6 753.62 award was an extension of a larger R3 million contract awarded in August last year and follows a R438 035 deal awarded in September 2009.

A decade ago, Somchem engaged in similar research. Somchem was then part of Denel but is now part of RDM. A paper presented at the 19th International Symposium of Ballistics at Interlaken, Switzerland, in May 2001 ( ) stated initial work was carried out on a 76 mm smooth bore kinetic energy penetrator. The focus then shifted to a l55mm gyroscopically stabilised projectile. “The initial objectives set to the team were a) To comply with the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding, JBMoU, b) Range of at least 70 km, c) Payload of 5 kg HE or 40 dual-purpose submunitions and d) Market price of less than US$5000 excluding the course correction fuse.”

The development of concept warheads and the evaluation of these for the Solid Fuel Ramjet (SFRJ) Project

ADI/FMG-2011/633 8 Nov 2011 R349 933,00 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd

Solid fuel Ramjet Artillery projectile – extension of EAES/2010/53

AES/S2011/1195 14 Jul 2011 R6 753,62 Armscor t/a Flamengro

Solid Fuel Ramjet Artillery Projectile

EAES/2010/53 19 Aug 2010 R3 058 907,00 Armscor t/a Flamengro

Solid fuel Ramjet artillery projectile

EAES/2009/169 23 Sep 2009 R438 035,00 Armscor t/a Flamengro