The German Armed Forces has awarded a contract to arms manufacturer Rheinmetall to deliver additional rounds of 120mm practice ammunition.

The order, worth over €42m including value added tax, requires the company to provide 10,715 DM98 cartridges and 10,000 DM88 cartridges for Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs).     

An updated version of the DM18 cartridge, the DM98 or ‘RH88’ practice ammunition has been developed by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH.

The full-calibre practice round, equipped with visible tracer, offers good observability during firing in all daylight conditions.

The new round, also known as Cartridge 120mm x 570 DM98 Target Practice-Tracer, provides above-average accuracy at over 2,000m range.

In 2017, the Bundeswehr took delivery of the new DM98 practice round for the first time.

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The DM88 subcalibre practice cartridge has been used by the German military since 2015-2016.

The cartridge, which has replaced the earlier DM78 version, comprises an advanced tracer and minor modifications to suit the new specifications.

Also called Cartridge 120mm x 570 DM88 Target Practice Cone Stabilized Discarding Sabot Tracer, the round promises a realistic training experience with accuracy.

As per Rheinmetall, the DM88 cartridge is in line with the EU regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

Delivery of both cartridge types commenced in August and is expected to be complete in October this year.

In 2020, Rheinmetall won a framework contract to supply tank ammunition, with a combined sales volume of up to €556m, to Germany’s Bundeswehr.