Rheinmetall wins contract to supply artillery shells to Bundeswehr

10 April 2019 (Last Updated June 10th, 2020 11:50)

Rheinmetall has secured a framework contract valued at approximately €109m to supply artillery shells to Bundeswehr, the unified Armed Forces of Germany.

Rheinmetall has secured a framework contract valued at approximately €109m to supply artillery shells to Bundeswehr, the unified Armed Forces of Germany.

Under the contract, which runs for a period of five years, Rheinmetall will supply more than 32,000 rounds, with an option for another 11,000 units worth around €37m.

The latest order follows the first batch of 30,000 shells procured by the Bundeswehr in 2009.

Rheinmetall is expected to start delivery of the artillery shells this year. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition will produce the 155mm DM121 ammunition in Unterlüß.

The ammunition ordered by the Bundeswehr can attain ranges of up to 30km when fired from the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. It features insensitive characteristics and can also be used in training operations and field exercises.

“The insensitive explosive is destructive on the target and protects friendly forces if it is hit by hostile fire or exposed to other forms of mechanical stress.”

The DM121 shell, which contains high-performance explosives, can reach targets up to 30km away and is capable of penetrating several-centimetre-thick walls of reinforced concrete before detonating in a controlled manner on the opposite side.

Additionally, it can operate safely at temperatures ranging from -46°C to 63°C and attains the same degree of effectiveness in all climate zones across the globe.

The insensitive explosive is destructive on the target and protects friendly forces if it is hit by hostile fire or exposed to other forms of mechanical stress.

Last month, Rheinmetall secured a contract for the supply of a command simulator to train Swiss Military commanders and staff officers.

Switzerland’s procurement agency Armasuisse evaluated the simulators and the contract was signed in February.