The Rheinmetall Group subsidiary received the follow-up contract from Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH.
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Rheinmetall Group subsidiary Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH confirmed that it has been awarded a contract to upgrade their “functional cockpit” Asterion cockpit trainer which is employed as part of the maintenance training rig for the German Navy’s NH90 Sea Lion.
Rheinmetall’s Asterion “functional cockpit” utilises lifelike simulations of original equipment to enhance the training for members of the German military, with the upgrades expected to employ data from the German Navy’s helicopters to enrich the software.
The training rig, used by the German Navy Air Station in Nordholz, is developed and supplied by Reiser Simulation and Training Gmbh and has enabled maintenance personnel posted to the Bundeswehr’s Naval Air Squadron 5 to train on realistic maintenance and repair operations.
According to Rheinmetall, the simulators are expected to be modernised by 2024, with the final acceptance testing first completed in December 2016 where it was transferred to the Lower Saxony’s international helicopter training centre.
The following year, Rheinmetall was then contracted to integrate an enhanced Asterion training simulation into Reiser and Training GmbH’s training rig.
The announcement comes as South African Rheinmetall subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition received orders from two Asian customers, with one order for the delivery of 400,000 40mm low-velocity grenades and the other for 100,000 40mm medium velocity grenades.
The former is scheduled to be delivered by December 2022, with the latter to be delivered between December 2022 and February 2023.
The total value of both orders is €25 million.
“With these two contracts, we are expanding our customer base in Asia,” Jan-Patrick Helmsen, CEO Rheinmetall Denel Munition, said.
According to Rheinmetall, negotiations are currently underway to increase the quantity of the sales.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition, a South African subsidiary of Rheinmetall, develops a broad range of 40mm ammunition, including 40x26mm low velocity (LV) rounds, 40x53mm high velocity (HV) rounds and 40x51mm medium velocity (MV) rounds. The low and medium velocity rounds use a high explosive dual purpose projectile.
The company explained that these MV munitions have ranges of up to 800 metres, which is reportedly 200 metres longer than similar products in the defence market, while the low velocity has a range of 400 metres.
The rounds can be used against armoured targets and bunkers and are capable of penetrating 50mm of rolled homogenous armour.