US Navy awards contract to Rheinmetall to develop new airburst munition

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Rheinmetall said past week that the Group’s subsidiary American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. based successful Stafford, VA has been awarded a $14.3 cardinal (€13.5 million) declaration nether a U.S. Navy different transaction statement (OTA) to prototype a low-cost engagement capableness that increases the effectiveness of existing and aboriginal Naval weapon limb systems against aerial and aboveground threats.

The resulting prototype strategy volition pb to an Initial Operating Capability for the 30mm x 173 MK 340 MOD 0 Kinetic Energy Electronically Timed (KEET) airburst munition. The MK 340 KEET is derived from the NATO-qualified Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 Kinetic Energy Timed Fuze (KETF) cartridge presently fielded by the Australian, German, and Hungarian militaries. The strategy volition supply important lethality improvements and a simplification successful rounds fired owed to the accrued first-round deed probability.

“We are excited to present our next-generation lethality solutions to the U.S. Navy for the archetypal time. This grant further demonstrates American Rheinmetall’s quality to bring innovative technologies into the hands of our U.S. Joint Force,” said American Rheinmetall Munitions CEO John Somich.


The institution is presently expanding its relation arsenic a large supplier of innovative, next-generation weapons and ammunition successful the U.S., drafting connected a planetary portfolio of world-class munitions and armaments offered by Rheinmetall and its affiliates. For example, American Rheinmetall Munitions is presently producing game-changing solutions including 40mm airburst fuzing for the U.S. Army and the PGU-48/B Frangible Armor Piercing cartridge for the U.S. Air Force F35A Joint Strike Fighter. The institution has been producing and supplying high-performance signifier and nonstop occurrence work ammunition for American subject and instrumentality enforcement customers for respective decades.

American Rheinmetall Munitions is portion of the American Rheinmetall household of U.S. defence companies which includes American Rheinmetall Systems successful Biddeford, ME, American Rheinmetall Vehicles successful Sterling Heights, MI, and U.S. firm genitor American Rheinmetall Defense successful Reston, VA.