Rheinmetall has won an order to supply the Hellenic armed forces with tank ammunition worth $70 million.
The order includes 12,000 rounds of 120mm ammunition as the initial supply for the Greek Army’s Leopard 2 tanks. Greece bought the tanks back in 2009.
Specifically, the contract calls for the supply of 120mm DM12A2 multipurpose ammunition as well as DM63 and DM63A1 kinetic energy (KE) rounds. It also includes the production and installation by Rheinmetall of ballistic tables for the KE ammunition in the Greek Leopard 2A4.
Two of these ammunition types, the DM12A2 and the DM63, will be supplied to the Greek Army by the end of 2014. The remainder of the ammunition (DM63A1) will be delivered in three lots in 2015 and 2016.
The Greek Army has a fleet of 353 Leopard 2 main battle tanks. Of these fighting vehicles, 170 Leopard 2A6 HEL are armed with a long-barrel Rheinmetall L55 gun, while the remaining 183 Leopard 2A4 tanks feature the short-barrel L44 model, likewise made by Rheinmetall.