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.
(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.
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.
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