The South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will be supplying 40mm ammunition to two Asian countries in a new €25 million contract.
According to RDM, a new customer has ordered 400,000 40mm low-velocity grenades, which are to be delivered by December 2022.
Likewise, an existing customer ordered 100,000 rounds of medium velocity grenades. These are to be delivered between December 2022 and February 2023. In total, the order is worth about 25 million euros.
“With these two contracts, we are expanding our customer base in Asia,” says Jan-Patrick Helmsen, CEO Rheinmetall Denel Munition. Negotiations are already underway to increase the quantities.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition offers a comprehensive range of high-quality 40mm ammunition, including. 40x46mm Low Velocity (LV), 40x53mm High Velocity (HV) and 40x51mm Medium Velocity (MV).
The 40mm MV ammunition has a range of up to 800 metres – 200 metres more than comparable products on the market. The 40mm LV ammunition has a range of up to 400 metres. Both types of ammunition use a High Explosive Dual Purpose projectile. This combines fragmentation and shaped charge, which has a high penetrating power. It can be used against bunkers and armoured targets and can penetrate 50 mm rolled homogenous armour (RHA).
The ammunition is manufactured in accordance with international standards and is suitable for use with suitably qualified grenade launchers of the latest generation.
This new orders represents a significant milestone in RDMs order book. The company is scoring major export orders from militaries across the globe.
In April, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) signed a contract to supply 40 mm grenade ammunition to the Spanish military under a recently signed contract, with deliveries to begin this year, till 2026.
In the same way, the Hungarian Ministry of Defence contracted with Rheinmetall to supply an extensive package of ammunition worth several hundred million euros.
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.