Rheinmetall has won a contract worth over $80 million (€70 million) to supply artillery propelling charges to an unnamed international customer by 2021.
Booked at the end of March by Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd., the order encompasses several hundred thousand Tactical Modular Charges, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The Tactical Modular Charges are designed to propel 155mm artillery shells. It includes reduced barrel wear (RDM’s Barrel Wear Reducer/BWR) for longer barrel life; and lower muzzle flash (RDM’s Muzzle Flash Reducer/MFR) to make the artillery system harder for the enemy to detect.
Three of Rheinmetall's artillery projectiles set new distance records during a test fire event at the Alkantpan Test Range in South Africa, on November 6, 2019. “During the event, three new maximum effective range records were set using various guns. A G6 howitzer with a 52-calibre gun achieved the longest range ever attained with a conventional 155mm artillery round: 76 kilometres, while the 52-calibre gun of PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer lobbed a shell 67 kilometres. Finally, a field howitzer with a 39-calibre gun attained a range of 54 kilometres," the company had said.