The US Air Force has contracted Rheinmetall for the supply of ammunition worth over US$6.5 million (6.2 € million) for the F-35 JSF.
Delivery starts in December 2017 and under the contract terms, encompass the supply of several ten thousand rounds in four lots.
The FAP round was specifically developed by Rheinmetall for, and in conjunction with, NATO air forces to provide the F-35 with superior lethality against modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) at extreme slant ranges while still remaining deadly against enemy aircraft in air-to-air engagements. The 25mm x 137 FAP is a true all-purpose cartridge that is already in service with the F-35s of two NATO nations.
The ammunition selected – the new 25mm x 137 Frangible Armour Piercing (FAP) – complements Rheinmetall’s existing array of high-performance aircraft ammunition and allows the DŘsseldorf, Germany-based Group to bring its full expertise to bear in the field of aircraft armament.
The USAF has 1,200 F-35s on order and other countries that have ordered the type, include Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Turkey and Japan.
The first user nations are already ordering smaller amounts of this advanced ammunition for testing purposes and this means that major orders in the future for this ammunition are likely.
Manufacture of the ammunition for the US Air Force will take place at Rheinmetall Switzerland.