AIRTRONIC PART­NERS WITH CHEM­RING TO DE­VELOP US-MAN­U­FAC­TURED RPG-7 ROCK­ETS

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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.

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