Rheinmetall Denel Munition has received a five-year framework contract for the delivery of Assegai product line’s 155mm artillery ammunition.

Awarded by an undisclosed NATO customer, value of the contract is in the mid three-digit million-euro range.

Under the contract, the South African subsidiary is required to deliver 155mm M2005 Velocity Enhanced Long Range Artillery Projectile (V-LAP) projectiles, M92 modular charges and various fuses.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition CEO Jan-Patrick Helmsen said: “We are proud to support our long-time NATO partner with Rheinmetall’s world leading long range artillery suite.

“Framework agreements provide long-term ammunition supply assurance and a flexible system for procuring ammunition over the course of a year.

“The rocket assist V-lap together with the tactical assegai charges M92 with barrel wearer reducer and muzzle flash reducer will support both the soldiers in the battlefield and the logistics and maintenance troops.”

The rocket assist M2005 HE V-LAP projectile is compatible with certain NATO standard fuses, NATO Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding compatible modular charge systems and 155mm weapon system.

It features rocket and base bleed technology that offers extended range interdiction capability.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition is jointly owned by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (51%) of Germany and Denel of South Africa.

The company specialises in the design, development and production of artillery, mortar and infantry systems, as well as plant engineering.

Its product portfolio includes 105mm and 155mm artillery ammunition, 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar ammunition, missile subsystems, minefield breaching systems, aircraft bombs, 40mm grenades and 76/62mm Naval Rounds.

In July this year, the company won orders from two unnamed Asian customers to deliver 40mm ammunition.