Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will manufacture and supply artillery ammunition for the Hungarian army under a global ammunition contract awarded to German group Rheinmetall worth several hundred million euros.
The order, announced by Rheinmetall on March 30, includes ammunition for infantry fighting vehicles, main battle tanks, artillery and decoy systems. Deliveries will begin in 2023 and are to be completed by 2031. Most ammunition will be manufactured in Hungary, but artillery rounds will be manufactured in South Africa by RDM.
The package includes three variants of 30×173mm ammunition; 120mm tank ammunition; and 155mm artillery shells, including propellant charges and rockets. Also on order are 40mm and 76mm decoy rounds for the Rosy and Maske smoke/obscuration systems, as well as 12.7mm and 7.62mm machine gun ammunition.
“We are extremely honored that Hungary has again entrusted us with the task of modernizing its army,” said Rheinmetall managing director Armin Papperger. “We are delighted to cooperate with our Hungarian friends in another key military capability.”
Rheinmetall said the new order makes it one of the main ammunition suppliers to the Hungarian army, as the Rheinmetall Group will supply ammunition for Hungary’s three main ground combat systems: the Leopard 2A7+ main battle tank , the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer and the new Lynx Infantry. Combat vehicle. Hungary kicked off the process of modernizing its army in 2020 when it ordered 218 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles from Rheinmetall to replace aging Soviet-era systems.
The portfolio of the Rheinmetall Group extends from infantry and medium caliber ammunition to tank cartridges and mortar and artillery shells, including propellant charges and decoy cartridges.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition produces a wide variety of ammunition such as 105 and 155 mm artillery shells, 60, 81 and 120 mm mortars, 40 mm grenades and 76/62 mm shells, and anti -mining. RDM also builds two to three ammunition filling plants per year for export and manufactures missile subsystems, and supplies the rocket motor for the FZ-90 rocket. The company offers rocket, warhead and engine capabilities.
RDM is the sole supplier to the South African National Defense Force of 105mm and 155mm artillery ammunition, air bombs, naval ammunition as well as armor plating and various mortars. It has won numerous international 155mm contracts in recent years, including from Australia and several unnamed international and NATO customers.
In November 2021, Rheinmetall received an order for lighting and smoke/obscuring shells from the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization as part of a massive Ordnance Framework Agreement between Rheinmetall and the Netherlands Armed Forces, which could be worth up to 500 million euros. RDM is responsible for some of the rounds, with Rheinmetall in Germany making the tail of the smoke boat and the base purge ammunition.
RDM says its record-breaking artillery rounds have sparked interest across the world – at a test firing event held at the Alkantpan Range in South Africa in 2019, Rheinmetall and Rheinmetall Denel Munition hit several new range records for indirect artillery fire with various guns, reaching maximum ranges of up to 76 kilometers.