AMMS the defence ordnance company belonging to the Atlantis Corporation Group of companies has received a 20 year extension to its Junghans Microtec 40mm self destruct fuze local production licence.
The M0726A1 fuze has been adapted in cooperation with Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) and Tellumat’s Laingsdale Engineering to incorporate local detonic component elements and mechanical components to function on both high-explosive (HE) and HE Dual Purpose (HEDP) ammunition.
Atlantis, in a press statement, says the production line at Laingsdale Engineering has been upgraded utilising “some new process machinery from Germany and other locally manufactured production work stations.” The M0726A1 is qualified on RDM ammunition available in belted HEDP ammunition as the M0725A1 and the Diehl HEDP Striker ammunition.
It is also under consideration by other European ammunition manufacturers as the fuzes can be shipped by sea or air transport.
The company says the self destruct fuze meets the United Nations Certain Conventional Weapons Treaty’s Protocol V requirement for unexploded remnants of war as the fuze self destructs the unexploded round (UXO). “This capability is very attractive in protecting own advancing troops and the returning civilian population post the battle. The massive cost of post battle clean-ups have left many tracks of valuable land unavailable for population in many countries for year after wars,” the statement says.