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Rheinmetall has secured a 142-million-euro ($154 million) contract to ship a “massive quantity” of artillery rounds to Ukraine.

The order covers “tens of hundreds” of 155-millimeter artillery shells, related explosive cost fuses, propellants, and primers.

Manufacturing of the shells shall be facilitated by Rheinmetall’s lately acquired Spanish phase Expal Munitions, which, based on the agency, is the most important world developer of large-caliber ammunition.

The projectiles shall be handed over to Ukraine in 2025.

“The client is a NATO associate nation whose declared intention is to help Ukraine in its defensive battle with efficient long-term army help,” the agency stated.

In the meantime, work on a 40,000-round order positioned earlier this yr is underway for supply in 2024.

A Ukrainian soldier fires artillery rounds in the direction of Russian positions outdoors Bakhmut. Picture: AFP

Ramping Up Ammo Manufacturing

In its press launch, Rheinmetall famous it will enhance its ammunition manufacturing to additional serve different allied nations.

“Demand for artillery ammunition is at the moment very excessive, due not simply to Ukraine’s necessities but additionally the necessity to replenish the largely empty ammunition depots of Germany and different NATO and EU international locations,” the corporate wrote.

“Rheinmetall plans a large enhance in ammunition manufacturing capability in 2024 at its vegetation in Germany, Spain, South Africa and Australia, bringing annual output capability to round 700,000 artillery rounds.”

Latest Rheinmetall Initiatives for Kyiv

Germany contracted Rheinmetall in November to provide Ukraine with 100,000 120-millimeter mortar shells.

The order was submitted underneath Berlin’s $428-million army help bundle for Ukraine introduced in September.

In July, the corporate accepted a separate artillery contract for the German Armed Forces price $346.5 million, which included “a major quantity of tank ammunition” for Ukraine.

The order consists of 120-millimeter x 570 caliber tank ammunition that may refill Berlin’s arsenal depleted as a result of Ukrainian battle.