Thales Australia and Diehl to co-develop an intensive munition variant of hand grenade 2009132
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|Friday, September 20, 2013 09:38 AM|
|Thales Australia and Diehl to co-develop an intensive munition variant of hand grenade.|
Thales-owned Australian Munitions and German company Diehl have signed an agreement to co-develop an insensitive munitions variant of the Australian in-service fragmentation hand grenade. Insensitive Munitions (IM) are designed to only detonate when deployed against a target, and will not detonate as a result of mechanical shocks, fire or impact from shrapnel.
Soldiers engage in hand grenade training.
The project follows on from work undertaken by Australian Munitions during its rapid development of a blast variant of the current Australian in-service fragmentation grenade to meet an urgent operational requirement in 2011.
Kevin Wall, Australian Munitions Executive General Manager, said: “Dismounted close combat is the right place to start with the introduction of IM products. We have listened carefully to our customers’ requirements, and it is clear that by working with Diehl we can produce a very effective grenade that increases soldier safety and meets the required performance.”
Frank Kienzler, Head of Diehl’s Land Forces Business Unit, said: “We appreciate being able to contribute our many years of experience in developing and producing insensitive ammunition to the corporate cooperation benefiting the Australian Armed Forces. This is a further step in expanding our strategic cooperation between Thales and Diehl.”
Australian Munitions is the largest manufacturer and supplier of explosive ordnance in Australia, with a successful track record delivering ammunition, propellants, explosives and related services to the Australian Defence Force. Australian Munitions produces high quality propellant and ammunition for military and civilian domestic and international customers, and is also a principal supplier of small arms ammunition to the New Zealand Defence Force.
Australian Munitions is part of Thales’s global network of explosive ordnance expertise, which includes Thales Advanced Weapon Systems, Thales Missile Electronics, Junghans Microtec (a JV with Diehl), TDA Armements and Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ).
Diehl Defence concentrates the defence and security business of the German Diehl Group, which achieves total sales of 2.95 bio. Euros with 14.400 employees. Diehl Defence is one of the technological leaders regarding missiles and ammunition worldwide. It also enjoys international success with tracks and repair of military vehicles.