Rheinmetall: Production of Cluster Munitions

Both Rheinmetall Denel Munitions and Rheinmetall AG1 have marketed their production of the 155mm “Assegai family” of artillery ammunition both at the IDEX and the Eurosatory in Abu Dhabi (2013) and Paris (2014). Rheinmetall offers the complete “155mm Assegai Artillery Ammunition” series, which includes insensitive munition (IM), high explosive (HE), conventional HE, screening smoke, illumination, infrared illumination, and many other projectiles2.

Sources like the Jane’s Ammunition Handbook indicate that the 155mm Assegai family include cluster munitions that have been banned by the Convention on Cluster Munitions3.

  1. Rheinmetall Defence (2014): Rheinmetall comprehensive competence in weapon systems and ammunition; 16 June (accessed 01.10.2014)  []
  2. Foss, C.F. (2012): New mortar ammunition; IHS, 20 September (accessed 04.09.2013)  []
  3. Ness, L. and Williams, A. (2011): Jane’s Ammunition Handbook 2011-2012, Janes Information Group, p. 752 []