Artillery types

Major NATO customer order: Rheinmetall supplies 155mm artillery ammunition in the upper double-digit EUR million range

August 3rd, 2022 – Rheinmetall once again proves its essential expertise in the world of indirect fire systems: a NATO customer has just placed an order with the South African subsidiary of the Rheinmetall Denel Munition Group for the supply of 155 mm ammunition from of its proven Assegai product line. Awarded in July, the contract is worth a double-digit million euros. Delivery will take place over the next two years.

The new order includes the complete Assegai 155mm ammunition system, including fuses, different types of projectiles such as high-explosive service rounds and Assegai artillery propellant charges. The Assegai family of artillery munitions can be fired from any NATO STANAG compliant artillery system, including the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

“We are known worldwide for our long-range Assegai indirect fire technology and we are pleased to be able to welcome a new partner country to the Assegai family,” said Jan-Patrick Helmsen, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

“As a systems manufacturer, we are constantly working to improve our advanced technologies so that we can provide our customers’ soldiers with the best possible and most reliable solution.”

In 2019, Rheinmetall managed to set a new maximum range record in South Africa with the Assegai family and other Group products such as the new Topcharge. Through the Assegai system’s approach – from fuse to projectile to propellant charges – long ranges have been achieved with various artillery systems. A non-NATO 155 mm artillery gun with 52 caliber lengths and a 25 liter propellant charge chamber achieved a record range of 76 kilometers.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition is already working on other future artillery technologies. For example, the rocket motor of the conventional 155 mm Assegai projectiles is being improved. In addition to this, a new development is underway which will increase the maximum range to over 155 kilometres.

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