Rheinmetall Wins Major Order for Medium-Calibre Ammunition
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Feb 15, 2023

Rheinmetall Wins Major Order for Medium-Calibre Ammunition

300,000 rounds for Gepard anti-aircraft tank

Acting on behalf of Ukraine, the German Ministry of Defence has tasked Rheinmetall with supplying 300,000 rounds of 35mm ammunition for the Gepard anti-aircraft tank, which is now deployed by the Ukrainian military. The order value is in the low three-digit million euro range.

Rheinmetall will be supplying 150,000 rounds each of Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot – Tracer (APDS-T) and High Explosive Incendiary – Tracer (HEI-T) ammunition. This will enable effective engagement of a multitude of targets. The first APDS-T rounds will be delivered in summer 2023. A shift in production from APDS-T to HEI-T is scheduled to take place in mid-2024.

At its plant in Unterlüß, Rheinmetall is currently creating additional medium-calibre ammunition production capacity, which is due to go into operation in summer 2023. In building this new production line, Rheinmetall is responding to sharply increased global demand.

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Rheinmetall is one of the world’s leading makers of advanced weapon systems for air defence. The market leader in gun- and guided missile-based systems, it is the world’s sole single-source supplier of fire control technology, automatic cannon, integrated guided missile launchers and Ahead airburst ammunition. Among its most advanced ground-based air defence systems is the Skyranger 30, mounted on the multipurpose Boxer wheeled armoured transport vehicle.