Rheinmetall awarded contract for 40-mm automatic grenade launcher ammunition

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall contracts for production and supply of 40-mm ammunition for automatic grenade launchers.

Rheinmetall will be supplying programmable 40 mm x 53 Airburst Munition (ABM) DM131 service cartridges. This order is worth around €29.5 million.

The Bundeswehr has also placed an order for around 200,000 rounds of 40 mm x 53 Üb DM158 practice ammunition, worth around €7.18 million.

Delivery of the ammunition is to be complete in 2024.

The details of 40mm systems provided by the company is as follows:

“A one-stop shop for 40mm systems, Rheinmetall is one of the world’s leading suppliers of ammunition, weapon systems and fire control and aiming technology. Rheinmetall’s 40 mm x 53 high-velocity ammunition can be fired from any standard 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The rounds attain a maximum velocity of more than 240 m/s and have a maximum effective range of 2,200 metres. The Group’s wide assortment of cartridges in this segment includes the just-ordered programmable 40 mm x 53 ABM. Because the rounds can be timed to detonate in the air, it is possible to engage troops taking cover behind walls, etc. The 40 mm x 53 ABM, which the Bundeswehr refers to as the DM131, is qualified for use by the German armed forces. Other NATO armed forces have this advanced munition in their inventories as well.

Developed and qualified in accordance with the latest standards, the ammunition types now on order are unequalled worldwide in terms of combat effectiveness and precision. Moreover, the design status of the two cartridges fully corresponds to the stipulations contained in the European directive covering the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).”

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