South African grenades for the army

The Spanish Army has issued the framework agreement for the purchase of grenades for 40mm automatic grenade launchers. of the type LAG-40 and MK-19 worth 4.8 million euros. In particular, the Army Contracting Board awarded four of the five lots in which the framework agreement was distributed to the South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd., a subsidiary of the German Rheinmetall.

The framework agreement has a term of four years and is divided into five different lots, depending on the type of ammunition. Lot 1 is the most important when it comes to 40x53mm ammunition. High Explosive Breaker (HE), awarded to Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd for 2,299,000 euros. Lot 2 includes the same type of ammunition, but also armor piercings (highly explosive, earmarked or HEDP) worth 2,264,515 euros, which were also awarded to the South African company.

Lot 3 contains tracer training ammunition (Target Practice Tracer or TP-T), which was ordered from Omena Technologies for 532,400 euros. Lot 4 is the practice ammunition (Target Practice or TP) worth 447,216 euros, which is also sold by Rheinmetall Munition (Pyt) Ltd. was ordered. The last lot, 5, is the exercise and tracer exercise in a ratio of 4 to 1 (TP / TP-T)) awarded to Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd for 351,384 euros.

Two other companies were put up for tender, although the proposals were selected after applying the two basic criteria such as price (with 80 percent of the rating) and useful life (the remaining 20).

The new Mk-19

As we analyzed in 2017, the Department of Defense decided to purchase the US Mk-19 grenade launcher from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) to gradually replace the Santa Barbara Sistemas LAG-40 after having was selected for inclusion in modern technologies. Weapon systems such as the Land Army’s Wheeled Combat Vehicle (VCR) dragon (Jos M Navarro García)

Photo: The recognizable silhouette of LAG-40 in the Second Lince (Army)

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