The primes have agreed to collaborate to develop new integrated, long-range ammunitions technology.
Rheinmetall’s South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition and Northrop Grumman have signed a 10-year strategic partnership agreement to support collaboration for the development of “forward-looking” precision-guided enhanced range artillery ammunition.
The companies plan to prioritise the development of an enhanced range 155mm artillery round fitted with an integrated M1156 precision guidance kit (PGK), and a new 155mm projectile with an improved integrated propulsion system.
The M1156 PGK, which is currently in service with a number of armed forces, is designed to provide inexpensive, readily available technology capable of enhancing the accuracy of existing types of artillery ammunition.
When integrated with Rheinmetall’s V-LAP projectile, the M1156 PGK’s is expected to provide long-range precision-guided capability.
Rheinmetall and Northrop Grumman tested the V-LAP projectile variants and PGK in South Africa earlier this year, and aim to demonstrate the capability later this year at the US Army proving ground in Yuma, Arizona.
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