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AUSA 2017: Ammo plant accident fuels innovation

11th October 2017 - 16:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Washington D.C.


Delivering more than 1.6 billion small and medium caliber bullets in 2016 – 5.56mm, 7.62mm, .50 caliber and some 20mm – the Lake City Army Ammunition plant plays a critical role in day-to-day operations of the US Army.

The plant, which is operated by Orbital ATK, faced a major logistics challenge in April 2017, when an explosion occurred in the facility’s primer production area. In addition to killing one employee and injuring several others, the event eliminated primer capabilities at this critical bullet production site.

‘When the incident occurred on April 11th, we were instantly out of primer capability at

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a former US Army officer and the author of several thousand articles …

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