US Army Contracts Rheinmetall for Light Artillery Gun

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The U.S. Army awarded a $2.5 million contract to Rheinmetall’s subsidiary, American Rheinmetall Munition, for a new prototype artillery solution.

The contract to develop and supply a shorter, lighter artillery weapon system will support the national defense strategy of the United States.

It is also planned to provide information to the Army in support of its capability assessment exercise for next-generation weaponry.

In a statement, Deputy Military Colonel Lance Green of the Combat Capability Development Command and Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) said: “This DEVCOM AC project, alongside many other active science and technology efforts, could provide our warfighters with a distinct advantage in this increasingly complex security environment. .”

According to the company, the lightweight artillery gun solution will provide the army’s howitzer fleet with long-range firing capability.

It will also increase the mobility, maneuverability and lethality of the service’s artillery systems.

Rheinmetall Munition’s US CEO, John Somich, said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to support the military in its efforts to develop next-generation long-range sniper technologies and in particular to prototype what could be an advanced and revolutionary light howitzer. technologies.”

Based in Stafford, Virginia, American Rheinmetall Munition has production facilities in Camden, Arkansas; and Windham, Maine.

Last year, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and DEVCOM signed a cooperative research and development agreement to increase the range of existing cannon artillery systems.

Rheinmetall recently won orders worth €250 million to deliver force protection equipment to an undisclosed member of NATO.

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