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AUSA 10: Enhanced 5.56mm round in production for US Army

28th October 2010 - 16:44 GMT | by Ian Kemp in Washington, DC

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ATK has launched full rate production of the new 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round (EPR) following orders from the US Army's Program Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM-MAS) for nearly 300 million rounds. The new round offers a higher velocity for more energy on target, improved hard-target capability, and greater accuracy and consistency for effectiveness at long range.

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri, owned by the government and operated by ATK, produced an initial 20 million rounds which were delivered to troops in Afghanistan earlier this year.

The EPR is an improved version of the M855 cartridge

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Ian Kemp has written extensively on historical and modern defence issues for publications in Europe, …

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