Rheinmetall Defence announced it has booked an order from the US Air Force to supply 25mm x 137 FAP (Frangible Armour Piercing) ammunition for the F-35 Lightning II multirole fighter. The contract, worth over USD6.5 million, encompasses the supply of several ten thousand rounds in four lots. Delivery starts in December 2017.

The round was specifically developed to provide the F-35 Lightning II jet with superior lethality against modern infantry fighting vehicles at extreme slant ranges while still remaining deadly against enemy aircraft in air-to-air engagements.

(F35A, LM).

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