ATK awarded $46.5m ammunition contract
ATK announced that it is being awarded a $46.5 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, Ind. The AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition is a commercial product that will be used by the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in rifles and carbines chambered for this caliber without modification.
The rounds are ideal for training purposes because they reduce the risk of personal injury and collateral damage during training exercises for military operations in urban terrain and close quarters battle. The frangible ammunition is designed to disintegrate into small fragments on impact, minimizing over-penetration and ricochet hazards. The polymer-compound round produces limited splash back, which vastly decreases ricochets.
"This contract is a great example of how ATK is taking its industry-leading products and technologies into multiple markets," said Ron Johnson, President of ATK's Security and Sporting group. "ATK frangible training ammunition has been recognized as the best in the business by law enforcement agencies, and we're proud that it will help prepare US military personnel as well. Our team continues to work closely with customers like the Navy to provide the right product technology for their needs."
Production will be performed by ATK in Anoka, MN and is expected to be completed by August 2016. The new AA40 5.56mm ammunition adds to ATK's portfolio of specialized ammunition for military applications.
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