The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply an extensive package of ammunition worth several hundred million euros. The order encompasses ammunition for infantry fighting vehicles, main battle tanks, artillery, and decoy systems. Delivery is starting in 2023 and is to be complete by 2031.
The package includes three variants of 30×173 mm ammunition; 120 mm tank ammunition; and 155 mm artillery shells, including propelling charges and fuzes. Also on order are 40 mm and 76 mm decoy cartridges for the Rosy and Maske smoke/obscurant systems, plus 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machinegun ammunition.
“We are extremely honoured that Hungary has once again entrusted us with the task of modernising its military”, declared Rheinmetall chief executive Armin Papperger. “We’re delighted to be cooperating with our Hungarian friends in another key military capability.”
Rheinmetall said the new order makes it one of the Hungarian military’s top ammunition suppliers as the Rheinmetall Group will be supplying ammunition for Hungary’s three main ground combat systems: the Leopard 2A7+ main battle tank, the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer and the new Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle
RDM has consistently received large amount of orders for it’s ammunition which ranges from the 105 and 155 mm artillery shells, 60, 81 and 120 mm mortars, 40 mm grenades and 76/62 mm shells, and mine breaching systems.
Two years ago, RDM secured a contract for 40 mm grenade and 76 mm naval gun ammunition from an international client.
That same year, RDM was awarded a contract to supply the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with new 40 mm medium velocity ammunition for the newly purchased Y4 grenade launchers from Milkor, as part of Project Kamogelo.
This order came on the heels of another contract signed to supply 60mm conventional mortars to the South African Army.
To improve it’s ammunition performance, Rheinmetall Denel Munition signed a ten-year agreement with Northrop Grumman to develop precision and long-range ammunition technology for future artillery operations.
The agreement signed this February 2021, will see the joint venture focus on developing and offering enhanced ammunition technology to the international market, including the United States, to support future artillery operations.