Rheinmetall Denel Munition has been awarded a 50 million euro contract to supply 120 mm mortar ammunition to an undisclosed Middle East/North African customer.
The contract, which runs for several years, will be completed in partnership with a local company in the customer country, Rheinmetall said on Wednesday, with delivery of the ammunition to commence in September next year.
“The order encompasses tens of thousands of service, illumination and smoke/obscurant rounds. They are developed for a modern 120mm mobile mortar system, with ballistic characteristics specifically adapted to its advanced fire control unit. The ammunition’s range of over 8 000 metres and proven performance in battle underpin its leading role in the market and with it, Rheinmetall’s technological leadership,” the company said.
“Rheinmetall also sees the order as a validation of its strategy of internationalization. A presence in the MENA region and entering into strategic partnerships could assist the Düsseldorf-based Group to further strengthen its reputation as a reliable partner of the military as well as local industry,” the company said.
Rheinmetall has for many years been a partner of South Africa’s armed forces and defence industry. Founded in 2008, Rheinmetall Denel Munition is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (51%) in Germany and the South African company Denel.
A global player, Rheinmetall Denel Munition has expertise in artillery, mortar and infantry systems as well as plant design. Its stated goals are to supply the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and operate production plants. Besides South Africa, Rheinmetall Denel Munition primarily serves customers in Asia, the Middle East and South America.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition produces a wide variety of ammunition such as the 105 and 155 mm artillery shells, 60, 81 and 120 mm mortars, 40 x 51 mm grenades and 76/62 mm shells.