Rheinmetall has secured a contract to ship a brand new technology of Maske 76 speedy smoke/obscurant cartridges to Switzerland.
The ‘mid-two-digit million-euro’ order was awarded by the Swiss procurement authority armasuisse, following a aggressive bidding course of.
The pilot lot of the cartridges is ready to endure acceptance testing from November this 12 months. The supply of the ultimate lot is scheduled for August 2027.
The Maske 76 cartridges might be fired from tactical automobiles to guard allied forces.
Primarily based on a bi-modular, bi-spectral ammunition idea, the Maske household of cartridges contains two rapid-reaction decoy modules to set off an intensive blooming impact, utilizing deception applied sciences.
The seen and infrared smoke/obscurant can be utilized to disrupt the road of sight and, in flip, shield armoured automobiles towards enemy weapon techniques with visible or infrared optical aiming techniques, seekers, and laser rangefinders, amongst others.
The Maske speedy smoke/obscurant cartridges can be found in numerous calibres.
The brand new order will allow the Swiss Military to switch the ageing Maske-C predecessor technology that has been in service for roughly 25 years.
In a press release, Rheinmetall stated: “The order will maintain the Maske manufacturing unit at Rheinmetall’s plant in Neuenburg am Rhein, in Baden-Württemberg, working at excessive capability for years to come back.”
The German agency has additionally expanded its Lynx next-generation fight car household with a brand new addition.
The brand new car is a mechanised hearth assist variant of the Lynx KF41 IFV, known as Lynx 120.
Final month, Rheinmetall secured a contract to improve Bundeswehr’s 120mm mortar techniques.