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Rheinmetall inks contract with Spanish armed forces for 40mm ammunition

Rheinmetall’s South African subsidiary, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, has been awarded a four-year contract with the Spanish military for the delivery of 40x53mm high velocity combat and training grenade launcher ammunition.

Rheinmetall’s South African subsidiary, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, has been awarded a four-year contract with the Spanish military for the delivery of 40x53mm high velocity combat and training grenade launcher ammunition.

The first call-off contract has been valued in the low sing-digit million euro range, with deliveries expected to begin this year.

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According to Rheinmetall, the order includes 40x53mm high explosive rounds, high explosive dual purpose rounds as well as training rounds for use by the Spanish Army and Navy within their SB-40 LAG andMk19 grenade machine guns.

The ammunition can reach a velocity of 240 m/s with an effective range of 2,200 metres.

Rheinmetall confirmed that the HEDP rounds can be used to both trigger shrapnel effects, or against lightly armoured targets with a penetration capability of 50mm RHA (Rolled Homogenous Armour).

The company also offers 40x46mm Low Velocity rounds, as well as 40x51mm Medium Velocity rounds alongside fire control and weapons systems.

Earlier in the week, Rheinmetall unveiled their consortium to deliver the Canadian Army’s Land Vehicle Crew Training System project

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Dubbed FORC3, the Rheinmetall Canada-led consortium includes Lockheed Martin Canada, Rheinmetall Electronics, Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions, among other local and international partners.

According to Rheinmetall, the consortium brings together world-leading experts in design, development and implementation of combat vehicle simulation centres, delivering realistic environments that closely mimic the real operating environments likely faced by soldiers in the Canadian Army.

The consortium also includes the ADGA Group, Bluedrop Training and Simulation, EllisDon - Construction and Building Services, Paladin AI and REDspace Incorporated.

The system is designed to enable units to train toward undertaking adaptive dispersed operations, a critical operating concept for the Canadian Army, by integrating hybrid, conventional and emerging threats in a synthetic environment.

[Related: Rheinmetall counter-small UAS solution selected by Austrian armed forces]

Rheinmetall inks contract with Spanish armed forces for 40mm ammunition
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