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New IMX facility for US Army ammo plant

31st October 2016 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


BAE Systems has been awarded a $146.5 million contract modification from the US Army to build and commission a new facility to increase the production capacity of insensitive munitions at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, the company announced on 27 October.

The project to build the Insensitive Munitions Weak Nitric Acid Recovery facility is a major part of a multi-year effort to increase the production capacity of Insensitive Munition eXplosives (IMX), which are designed to be robust but more stable and safer to handle than conventional munitions. The facility will be designed with advanced environmental controls and will recycle spent nitric acid that is generated at the plant and provide strong nitric acid to produce a range of IMX fills.

BAE Systems operates the plant, producing a wide range of explosive formulations for multiple applications to support the military, as well as commercial mining and oil operations. 

Work will begin on the new facility in October 2016 and is expected to complete by July 2019.

Reed McPeak, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, said: 'The construction of this facility is strategic in eliminating current IMX capacity constraints. Once operational, it will position BAE Systems and the Holston plant to meet current and future IMX demands, both domestically and abroad.'
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