The U.S. Armed Forces has issued two new multi-million-dollar munitions contracts to Rheinmetall for the supply of day and night-capable 40mm x 46 practice cartridges and advanced flash-bang grenades.
The practice cartridges, worth around US$3 million (€2.5 million), are for the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) and were ordered in September last year. These cartridges contain no environmentally damaging substance and are being produced by American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. (ARM) in Camden, Arkansas. ARM is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Defence of Düsseldorf, Germany. Deliveries started in December 2017.
The advanced flash-bang grenades, now type classified by the US Government as the MK 24 MOD 0, are being procured by the U.S. Navy under a new delivery order worth US$3.8 million (€3.2 million). Delivery will take place in 2018 through ARM, although these non-lethal diversionary devices will be produced at the Rheinmetall plant in Trittau, Germany.
Rheinmetall is a major supplier of 40mm weapon systems and ammunition, and special effects munitions. The company has supplied many armed forces and law enforcement agencies around the world with these components and systems. Besides 40mm low-velocity and high-velocity ammunition, Rheinmetall is also pushing ahead with the development of a family of 40mm medium-velocity ammunition.
The company said in a statement that these new orders underscore Rheinmetall’s prominent role in the world of cutting-edge weapon and ammunition technology.