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2021-01-03

Rheinmetall’s MK82-EP Wins Orders in France and Germany

Rheinmetall’s advanced MK-82-EP (Enhanced Performance) general purpose aircraft bomb has recently scored major successes in France and Germany. France’s procurement authority, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has already placed the first serial production orders for the MK82-EP, which are earmarked for the Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter jets.
 
In October 2020, France’s DGA successfully qualified the new MK82-EP 500-pound bomb body. This follows a five-year programme of development and extensive testing conducted by RWM Italia SpA, Rheinmetall's airborne ordnance centre of excellence in Italy, in cooperation with explosives manufacturer EURENCO.
 
Furthermore, the German Air Force has selected the Rheinmetall MK82-EP to serve as the warhead of the GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition system, destined for its Tornado and Eurofighter platforms. Together, the orders encompass more than 2,000 MK82-bomb bodies, worth over €35 million in total.
 
Led by DIEHL Defence, the GBU-54 team includes RWM Italia SpA., Boeing for the guidance kit, and Junghans Microtec for the fuse. DIEHL has recently been awarded a contract to supply several hundred of these systems between 2021 to 2024.
 
Engineered for maximum safety during storage, handling and operations, the state-of-the-art MK82-EP warhead is an enhanced, fully interchangeable version of the standard MK82 bomb body, delivering improved effectiveness.
 

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