Navy orders 76mm Naval Ammunition from Diehl
Defence has received an order from France to develop and qualify modern
naval ammunition. It constitutes a refinement of the 76 mm naval ammunition
employed worldwide. The new ammunition is being realized with insensitive
explosives and is scheduled for deployment in the Oto Melara SUPER RAPIDO
L-62 naval guns of the new frigates FREMM and HORIZON from 2015. The
76 mm ammunition is capable of engaging both air and sea targets as
well as coastal targets.
Diehl Defence will thus become the first supplier worldwide of naval
ammunition meeting the requirements of insensitive ammunition (IM) according
to STANAG. As opposed to the old variant, it prevents detonation of
the ammunition in case of enemy shelling or fire on board. This contributes
to the protection of the vessel´s crew.
French Navy Chevalier Paul Air Warfare Destroyer (Horizon Class)
provides coastal fire support with its 76mm guns during Opération
Harmattan (Odyssey Down) off Libya
(French Navy photo)
Diehl Defence has so far delivered approx. 300,000
cartridges of the conventional ammunition to the naval forces of Germany,
Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Canada, Ecuador, Columbia, Qatar, the Netherlands,
Turkey and other nations.
The new 76 mm naval ammunition is a joint cooperation of Diehl Defence
and the French manufacturer Nexter Munitions. The company JUNGHANS T2M
from La Ferté Saint-Aubin, France, supplies the fuze. The propellant
charge system is delivered by the firm Nitrochemie Wimmis, Switzerland.