155mm Artillery Charges to be Delivered in 2021 to International Customer
Rheinmetall Denel Munition Pty Ltd (RDM) has been awarded a contract, valued at over $80 million (approx. €70 million), by an unidentifed international customer for several hundred thousand Tactical Modular Charges (TMC) to be delivered next year, the company announced on 7 April.
The TMC is designed to propel 155mm artillery shells: finetuned to match the customer’s weapons systems and artillery projectiles, it assures maximum effectiveness. The modular design simplifies logistics as well as handling procedures in self-propelled howitzer systems. Other positive characteristics of the TMC include reduced barrel wear (RDM’s Barrel Wear Reducer/BWR) and lower muzzle flash (RDM’s Muzzle Flash Reducer/MFR); the former results in longer barrel life, the latter makes the artillery system harder for the enemy to detect.
Rheinmetall has broad expertise in the world of advanced indirect fire systems and demonstrated its technological superiority in this field at the end of 2019. During test firing at the Alkantpan proving ground in South Africa, three new maximum ranges were attained with different guns: a 52-calibre G6 howitzer reached 76km – the longest range ever attained by a conventional 155mm artillery projectile; a PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer (52-cal gun) achieved a range of 67km, while a 39-cal field howitzer reached 54km.