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General Dynamics and Dynamit Nobel aim recoilless grenade launchers at DoD market

19th March 2021 - 11:31 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Teaming agreement seeks to sell Recoilless Grenade Weapon series to US armed forces.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) and Germany-based Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) will collaborate to develop a series of shoulder-fired recoilless grenade launchers for the US market.

The Recoilless Grenade Weapon series will be based on the RGW 60 and RGW 90 launchers made by DND, General Dynamics announced on 18 March.

Eric Ellis, VP and general manager of GD-OTS, said that the teaming agreement blends the ‘tactical air munitions expertise’ of the US company with ‘with DND’s 60 years of experience in the development and production of shoulder-launched weapons for anti-armour and multipurpose missions’.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, DND developed the 60mm RGW 60 launcher for special operations, airborne and other light forces which require a compact, lightweight assault weapon. It can be fired from within an enclosure. A high muzzle velocity provides a flat trajectory, low dispersion and 'good' hit probability. 

The RGW 90, meanwhile, has a programmable warhead effective against targets up to 1,200m away.

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