Plans for Mortar Ammunition Market Leadership
Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), a South African-based Rheinmetall subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by an international customer for an array of conventional, long-range and patrol mortar ammunition in 60mm calibre. Deliveries to the company’s long-standing customer will be completed during 2021, the company announced on 1 October.
RDM is applying world-class technology to enhance its mortar portfolio. “RDM is collaborating with various partners in order to boost the guidance function in our range of our 120mm mortar ammunition,” stated Frans Landsberg, RDM’s Mortar Product Manager. The complete mortar suite, consisting of 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar ammunition, features an insensitive high explosive (IHE) warhead with pre-formed fragmentation (PFF).
The company plans to follow the artillery systems with rocket-assisted technology in the near future and become the world’s foremost system house for mortar ammunition. “In order for us to meet the needs of our customers we need to enhance our capabilities, as we are one of the leading pioneers in indirect fire […] We will continue to push the envelope to ensure we stay ahead of the pack in technology and innovation,” stated RDM’s CEO, Jan-Patrick Helmsen.