Rheinmetall has announced the delivery of 40mm medium-velocity (MV) ammunition to the South African Army.
The ammunition is being supplied as part of Project Kamogelo, which was officially completed by Rheinmetall Denel Munition last month.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition completed the handover on behalf of South African Army, South Africa’s arms procurement agency Armscor and the South African Department of Defence.
The project also marked the first Expedited Armament Acquisition Process (EAAP) project. It is an urgent operational requirement for the South African infantry.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition CEO Jan-Patrick Helmsen added: “We’re proud to be able to offer our new medium-velocity 40mm family to our home market, the SANDF.
“With this solution, we offer the soldier a unique product solution: a quick-firing multiple grenade launcher with a standoff range in excess of 800m.”
In 2016, the South African Army commenced the project to field a new grenade launcher and family of 40mm ammunition.
In February 2018, Armscor gave its approval for the plan and monitored the test and evaluation of the Milkor Y4 multi-shot weapon.
During the evaluation period, the weapon fired Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s less-lethal, low-velocity (LV) and MV ammunition. The testing mainly focused on speed and accuracy.
The army acquired over 20,000 rounds of MV ammunition, as well as high explosive ammunition, high explosive dual-purpose ammunition, practice ammunition, practice tracer ammunition, red phosphorous smoke rounds and orange target marker ammunition.
The MV ammunition has an 800m maximum range, which is said to be up to 375m more than the conventional extended range LV variants.
Defence Acquisition Management, Material Division chief director rear admiral AAA Morris said: “This day marks an important milestone in the history of the Department of Defence, in particular, the South African Army, as we witness the handing and taking over ceremony of the 40mm medium-velocity grenade launcher.”
Last week, Rheinmetall revealed the first Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Australian Army’s A$18.1bn Land 400 Phase 3 programme.