The US Navy and Marine Corps have awarded munitions contracts worth $7 million to Rheinmetall Defense, the company said Wednesday in a press release.
The U. S. Marine Corps ordered day and night-capable 40mm x 46 practice cartridges worth around US$3 million (€2.5 million). Deliveries started in December 2017.
The ammunition can be fired out of the M203 Grenade Launcher that is often attached to M16 and M4 service rifles, as well as the new M320 grenade launcher and the Mk 19, a 40mm belt-fed automatic grenade launcher.
The U.S. Navy is procuring the latest advanced flash-bang grenades from Rheinmetall, now type classified by the US Government as the MK 24 MOD 0, under a new deliver order worth US$3.8 million (€3.2 million). Delivery will take place in 2018. The grenades are commonly used by both conventional and special operation forces when clearing out enemy strongholds.
Deliveries on both contracts will be handled by Rheinmetall's U.S. subsidiary, American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc., which is based in Camden, Ark.