Rheinmetall Awarded Contract to Develop 30mm x 173 Airburst Solution for US Navy
Rheinmetall Awarded Contract to Develop 30mm x 173 Airburst Solution for US Navy

Rheinmetall Awarded Contract to Develop 30mm x 173 Airburst Solution for US Navy

Rheinmetall to develop a new medium caliber ammunition for the U.S. Navy: The Group’s subsidiary American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. based in Stafford, VA has been awarded a $14.3 million (€13.5 million) contract under a U.S. Navy other transaction agreement (OTA) to prototype a low-cost engagement capability that increases the effectiveness of existing and future Naval gun weapon systems against air and surface threats.

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

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The resulting prototype system will lead 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 currently fielded by the Australian, German, and Hungarian militaries. The system will provide significant lethality improvements and a reduction in rounds fired due to the increased first-round hit probability.

Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 MK 340 MOD 0 Kinetic Energy Electronically Timed (KEET) airburst munition.
Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 MK 340 MOD 0 Kinetic Energy Electronically Timed (KEET) airburst munition.

The company is presently expanding its role as a major supplier of innovative, next-generation weapons and ammunition in the U.S., drawing on a global portfolio of world-class munitions and armaments offered by Rheinmetall and its affiliates. For example, American Rheinmetall Munitions is currently 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 company has been producing and supplying high-performance practice and direct fire service ammunition for American military and law enforcement customers for several decades.

American Rheinmetall Munitions (ARM) is part of the American Rheinmetall family of U.S. defense companies which includes American Rheinmetall Systems in Biddeford, ME, American Rheinmetall Vehicles in Sterling Heights, MI, and U.S. corporate parent American Rheinmetall Defense in Reston, VA. The company is part of Rheinmetall’s Weapon and Ammunition division and has been bringing the division’s global product portfolio to the U.S. market for decades. Rheinmetall specializes in large and medium caliber ammunition families and is a world leader in the field of long-range artillery, mortar and infantry systems. American Rheinmetall Munitions’ product portfolio includes but is not limited to propellants, fuzing and protection systems for vehicle survivability. Other capabilities include load, pack, assembly and full rate production. ARM is committed to continued growth in the U.S. through its strategic teaming efforts, investment in local U.S. production, and superior program, supply-chain and production management all of which are aimed at providing next-generation capabilities to U.S. warfighters at an affordable price.

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