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Dynamit Nobel Defence Announces RGW90 Product Upgrade

RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 anti-tank weapon in serial production for international customers

Dynamit Nobel Defence‘s (DND, booth 11-C05) family of RGW90 shoulder-launched, disposable, recoilless weapons is advancing to the next stage. The manufacturer is now adding a shaped charge anti-tank effector to the product family. DND told that the RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 weapon represents a “significant performance and ergonomic upgrade to this effector,” able to “increase the steel target penetration capability from 500mm of RHA (Rolled Homogeneous Armour) to about 550mm.” These improvements have been achieved by improving the manufacturing process for the dual-mode shaped-charge anti-tank warhead. DND notes that with the modification of the launch tube it was possible to reduce the overall weight of the weapon to 8kg, down from 8.7kg, while other system features remain unchanged, e.g. its effective combat range that varies from 20m to 500 metres, its ability to be fired from enclosed spaces (>15m3), and its operating temperature range of -46°C to +71°C.

Enhancements in the design and material could result in additional potential for weight optimisation in the future, DND says. The next step, according to the company, is to complete development of a new tandem shaped charge anti-tank warhead – named RGW90 HEAT/HESH Tandem – that is actually in prototype status. “This RGW90 HEAT/HESH – Tandem effector (…) will be ready to be fielded within the next years,” DND explain.

The combat-proven RGW90 weapon family includes different warheads that can be employed to engage tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, as well as brick and concrete wall structures. The target list also includes soft targets like infantry positions. The ammunition additionally encompasses smoke, illumination, and practice rounds, providing infantry with a “complete toolbox of weapons” for varying mission requirements.

According to DND, the RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 system has now entered serial production for two international customers. The company did not provide details; but, it was said that the delivery is for two customers located outside of Europe and Asia. Delivery is expected to take place within 2019.

Stefan Nitschke

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