SMArt munition for British and Australian armed forces

(January 7, 2008) -- Intelligent artillery munition SMArt 155 valued at more than 120 MioEUR was ordered by the armed forces of Great Britain and Australia at GIWS mbH, a joint subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG, Dusseldorf, and Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG, Nurnberg. Production and integration is carried out by Rheinmetall and Diehl, both 50% shareholders of GIWS. The sensor fused munition SMArt 155, DM 702A1 was originally developed for the Bundeswehr and has been operative there since 2000. Moreover, SMArt 155 is operative in Greece and in Switzerland. The sales success in England and Australia underscores the leading global position of Rheinmetall and Diehl in the segment of modern artillery munition. The new munition is an important component of the British armed forces' IFPA programme (Indirect Fire Precision Attack) and the development of SMArt with a new explosive is planned to be compliant with the UK's Insensitive Munition (IM) policy. SMArt 155 provides the artillery with greater operational accuracy while simultaneously reducing collateral damage and logistic burden when compared to current high explosive rounds. Moreover, it enables protection as well as an effective increase of the combat forces' capability to prevail at considerably higher cost effectiveness. SMArt can be fired from any 155mm piece of artillery. Equipped with highperformance sensors as well as intelligent signal processing, the munition seeks its targets independently - regardless of weather conditions and any hour of day and night. Modern artillery units acquire a new capability with this technology jointly developed by Rheinmetall and Diehl: High-precision impact on static and mobile targets with soft or strong armament even in difficult terrain. This saves munition and reduces the danger of collateral damage. In case no target is identified, the munition destroys itself. Consequently duds are ruled out.

Source: Rheinmetall
Date: Jan 7, 2008

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