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US Army orders M781E1 training cartridges

5th October 2017 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has received a $17 million contract from the US Army for production of the 40mm M781E1 Low Velocity Day/Night/Thermal training cartridge, the company announced on 3 October.

This award is the first option of the company's engineering, manufacturing and development contract for low rate initial production.

The 40mm M781E1 provides training capability for the army's M203 and M320 low-velocity grenade launchers. The M781E1 signature material, upon impact, provides a signature that is easily visible, day or night, with the naked eye and thermal and night vision weapon sights providing a realistic simulation of a tactical scenario. The cartridge also provides safety during training as it does not contain a fuze or explosives.

Steve Torma, VP and general manager for munition systems, GD-OTS, said: ‘This cartridge is the next evolution in 40mm grenade launcher training. Its unique signature and expanded training capability prepares the warfighter for combat by allowing them to train in a realistic battlefield environment.

‘This capture in the 40mm low velocity grenade munitions market represents our continued investment and commitment to expand our customer base and develop the best solutions for their requirements.’

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