€25 Million for ASSEGAI Rounds and Propellants
A NATO customer has contracted Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) for the supply of several thousand rounds and tactical modular charges for 155mm artillery systems, for delivery by May, the Group announced on 25 January. The order is valued at approx. €25 million.
Deliveries, which commenced last month, will include base bleed and V-LAP conventional and extended range rounds from the ASSEGAI family, as well as the associated M92 tactical modular charge, which is fine-tuned to the customer’s specific weapon systems and munitions for maximum effectiveness. The modular charge design simplifies logistics and makes handling in self-propelled artillery systems easier. ASSEGAI charges reduce barrel wear and produce lower muzzle flash, the former resulting in longer barrel life, the latter making the weapon harder for the enemy to detect.
“Thanks to our current product portfolio and new products in the development pipeline, we want to offer customers the full range of possibilities for indirect fire support and maintain our lead in artillery ammunition technology. This applies especially to our new developments in artillery projectiles, which we aim to meet our goal of attaining ranges of over 155 kilometres with. In addition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition is eager to support the troops with our new uni-modular charges, which achieve better performance and simplify the logistics, especially in gun systems with automatic loading,” explains Jan-Patrick Helmsen, RDM CEO.
At a test fire event held at the Alkantpan test range in South Africa in 2019, Rheinmetall and RDM achieved several new range records for indirect artillery fire with various weapons, attaining maximum ranges of up to 76 kilometres. RDM has embarked on a phased development approach, including the continuous improvement in range capability of artillery ammunition. The range demonstration showed the potential of the first phase and reinforces RDM’s goal of meeting a user-specified range requirement of more than 155 km.