AIRTRONIC PARTNERS WITH CHEMRING TO DEVELOP US-MANUFACTURED RPG-7 ROCKETS
AirTronic USA has signed a new teaming agreement with Chemring Ordnance to develop different versions of US-manufactured RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launchers. Engineers and project managers from both companies will immediately start research, development and testing, with production scheduled for the first quarter of 2016. Commenting on Chemring Ordnance, AirTronic COO Richard Vandiver said: “Their experience, resources and expertise in the 40mm munitions space is unequalled and complements AirTronic’s own capabilities. This agreement forms the industry’s best team and brings a shoulderfired recoilless rifle system (launcher and rockets) to the market that we believe will be superior to anything available globally. The shoulder-launched RPG-7 anti-tank weapons are manufactured by Russia, but AirTronic USA has recently developed a US version, called Amerikansky RPG-7. In December 2014, the company secured a safety release from the US Army for its US-manufactured 40mm variant. The safety release permits the company to conduct a shoulder-launch of the RPG-7 USA launcher at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments Spiral J event, scheduled to be conducted by the Army Manoeuvre Battle Lab at Fort Benning, Georgia, from January to March.