40mm Ammunition

Rippel Effect plays a pivotal role in the development and qualification of medium caliber ammunition for handheld 40mm grenade launchers world-wide.


As pioneers of the extended range 40mm concept, Rippel Effect qualified the first extended range 40mm MGL, the XRGL40® in 2007. Conceiving the new extended range 40mm MGL as a system, Rippel Effect developed it to comprise the launcher, sighting system and the ammunition. At the time there was no extended range 40mm ammunition available, so Rippel Effect developed its own experimental ammunition, 40 x 51mm ERLP, to prove and qualify the 40mm extended range concept. It weighs 5 kg and is lighter and more compact than any other NATO qualified multi-shot grenade launcher on the market today, with the exception of Rippel Effect’s own MSGL40® .

Rippel Effect owns the IP (intellectual property) to 40 x 46mm ammunition and to the 40 x 51mm ERLP ammunition, even though we do not manufacture the ammunition ourselves.

Since the concept was proven in 2007, the world’s foremost ammunition manufacturers have started their own 40mm extended range ammunition programs. The first to qualify a 40 x 51 MV grenade was Rheinmetall Denel Munitions using the Rippel Effect XRGL40® to complete the qualification process.

During 2012 Energetics Technologies Limited of the UK as well as Indumil of Colombia entered into agreements with Rippel Effect to use its XRGL40® in the development of 40 x 51mm medium velocity rounds.

Likewise more recently Diehl BGT Defence signed a cooperation agreement with Rippel Effect for the development and qualification of their 40 x 46 and 40 x 51 New Generation LV ammunition.

However, the XRGL40® system also allows for the grenade launcher to fire standard low velocity 40 x 46mm ammunition and less-lethal rounds from the same weapon without any configuration changes.

Therefore, Rippel Effect maintains excellent relations with ammunition manufacturers around the world.

It is noteworthy that the XRGL40® system is in operation in several countries worldwide on the basis of its ammunition versatility.