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Rheinmetall developing extended range charges for US Army 155mm munition

L58 extended range propellant charge for US Army 155 mm munition
Photo: Rheinmetall

American Rheinmetall Munitions has been contracted to prototype an artillery extended range charge (ERC) for firing munitions out of a L58 length 155mm artillery cannon.

The company says this this ERC increases ranges achieved from US Army 155mm munitions by approximately 10 percent over any other artillery propellant currently fielded today.

It builds upon a successful cooperative R&D effort with the US Army for L39 and L52 versions of the 155mm ERC.

American Rheinmetall Munitions says the charge is “particularly exceptional” because it can achieve the 10 percent range performance increase over the entirety of the operational temperature profile including in ambient scenarios.

“American Rheinmetall Munitions continues to bring innovative technologies into the hands of our US joint force. Together with our Rheinmetall affiliates at Nitrochemie, we will introduce a propellant technology that is unlike any other in existence in the US today,” said American Rheinmetall Munitions CEO, John Somich.

American Rheinmetall Munitions is part of the American Rheinmetall family of US defense companies which includes American Rheinmetall Systems in Biddeford, ME, American Rheinmetall Vehicles in Sterling Heights, MI, and US corporate parent American Rheinmetall Defense in Reston, VA.

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 and is rapidly expanding its US technology offerings and manufacturing capabilities.