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DM 63  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 25,000
Unitary Cost: USD$3,600
Also Known As: DM 63A1
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Rheinmetall Defence
Parent System: DM 63
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 25,000
Total Cost: USD$100 million
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Description: The DM 63 is a tungsten-based armor piercing tank ammunition designed for the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank from the Bundeswehr (German Army). This ammunition was developed specifically to fill a capabilities gap in missions out-of-area carried out by the German Armed Forces.

The DM 63 kinetic energy round features a temperature-independent propulsion system. It can be fired by either the most sophisticated version of Leopard 2, the Leopard 2 A6 equipped with a 55-caliber 120mm gun, or by earlier models without major gun modifications.

The German Defense Procurement Agency (BWB) placed a first contract worth 30 million Euros on 1 July 2005 for the DM 63 120mm ammunition. Rheinmetall will take care of development and production work associated with this tactical round.

In December 2005 the government of Turkey placed an order with Rheinmetall worth 46 million Euro for the supply of 15,000 DM 63 120mm KE rounds. Deliveries were expected to start in July 2006 and continue through to June 2007. Turkey purchased this ammunition, which also included practice rounds, for its 298 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks purchased form Bundeswehr's inventory surplus.

DM 63 Applications

Armored Vehicles Leopard 2 A4 Leopard 2 A5 Leopard 2 A6 Leopard 2 A6M Leopard 2 A7+ Leopard 2 A7V Cannons & Gear 120mm L44 120mm L47 120mm L55

DM 63 Specifications

Caliber: 120 millimeter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

DM 63 News

There are 5 news between
15 Feb 2006 and 11 Aug 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015DM 63A1 120mm Kinetic Energy Tank Rounds Ordered by Undisclosed Customer
Friday, August 15, 2014Greece Places Order for 12,000 DM 12A2, DM 63 and DM 63A1 120mm Tank Rounds
Thursday, April 19, 2012General Dynamics and Rheinmetall Defence Form Tank Ammunition Joint Venture Company
Tuesday, November 21, 2006Denmark Purchases DM 53A1 120mm PELE Tank Round
Wednesday, February 15, 2006Turkey and Netherlands Order Large Caliber Ammunition

Operators & Related Equipment

Purchased by Denmark as the DM 53A1.
Purchased by Finland as the DM 53A1.

Grand Total 25,0006
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