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40-mm – Ammunition and grenade launchers

Low, Medium, High Velocity and SSW40

Rheinmetall supplies a wide range of 40-mm low, medium and high velocity cartridges that offer high precision and reliability in all climatic conditions. The SSW40 grenade launcher rounds off the portfolio.
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Low Velocity
In the low velocity (LV) field Rheinmetall offers products for operations of all types: practice cartridges, impulse/less-than-lethal, sound & flash, and irritant cartridges for peacekeeping and peace enforcement, as well as high explosive, illumination and smoke/obscurant ammunition for high intensity warfare. All of our low velocity cartridges contain a unique patented, proprietary propulsion unit with a high-low pressure chamber and a predetermined breakpoint. This ensures consistent muzzle velocities, resulting in a high degree of accuracy. Furthermore our LV cartridges are compatible with any standard 40-mm LV grenade launcher or rifle attachment.
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High Velocity

Rheinmetall’s high velocity (HV) cartridges also use a proven, patented propulsion unit that produces very low standard deviation in muzzle velocity, resulting in excellent accuracy. With a constant muzzle velocity, our practice and high explosive cartridges can attain a maximum range of 2,200 metres with any standard 40mm HV automatic grenade launcher. Rheinmetall high velocity cartridges are highly reliable, with a failure rate of less than 1%. Moreover, their modular design makes them very cost effective.

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Medium Velocity
Based on battle-proven 40-mm HV components, Rheinmetall’s new medium-velocity (MV) cartridges offer the same high degree of accuracy as the company’s HV cartridges. With a consistent muzzle velocity of 100 m/sec, the MV practice and high-explosive cartridges can attain a range of up to 700 metres. Rheinmetall MV cartridges can be used with most standard LV launchers.
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High Explosive
All Rheinmetall high explosive HV and MV cartridges can be equipped with a unique, jamming-proof, affordable airburst time-delay capability. The high explosive cartridges meet the latest environmental specifications for helicopter and propeller vibration, long-term storage, etc., while the fuse complies with STANAG 4187 safety requirements. Equipped with an electronic self-destruct mechanism and an enhanced point detonation function, the HE cartridges remain highly reliable at temperatures ranging from -46°C to +63°C.
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Practice cartridges
Rheinmetall’s family of 40-mm products also includes practice versions of its low, medium and high velocity cartridges with a 100 % ballistic match to our service ammunition. Fully complying with the latest requirements for training ammunition, Rheinmetall 40-mm training cartridges truly allow operators to "train as they fight".
SSW40 grenade launcher

SSW40* is an automatic, magazine-loaded 40-mm grenade launcher, designed for highest firepower in a shoulder-fired grenade launcher. Its dimensions, low weight and ergonomics make SSW40 extremely accurate and easy to handle over longer periods. The self-regulating dampening system allows SSW40 to fire 40-mm MV-ammunition as well as 40mm LV-ammunition with minimized user stress, enabling:

  • lethal effects up to 900m,
  • increased first-hit capability,
  • significantly reduced time-of-flight.
     

SSW40 is capable to include Air Burst Capability using FCSTacRay Ballistic (LRF with Ballistic Computer) in combination with IR-Programming Unit (IR-PU).

*SSW Squad Support Weapon

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