Orbital ATK Awarded $120 M for Medium Caliber and Large Caliber Ammunition
- Contracts Support U.S. and Allied Warfighters With Ammunition for Air, Sea and Land Platforms
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that the company recently received domestic and international contracts for tactical and target practice medium- and large-caliber ammunition valued at $120 million.
Medium caliber orders included a broad range of purchases for 20mm, 25mm, 30mm and LW30mm ammunition for multiple services for use with air, sea and land weapons platforms. These contracts are awarded through the U.S. Army Maneuver Ammunition Systems in its role as the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition.
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“Our development and production of highly reliable and effective ammunition for the warfighter spans a wide spectrum of technologies and capabilities,” said Dan Olson, vice president and general manager for the company’s Armament Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. “Whether we are creating new, or producing proven ammunition types, our focus on our mission remains constant as we provide superior armaments and services to those who defend their nation’s security.”
International medium caliber orders span a range of 25mm cartridges, including the M791 Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot with Tracer and its ballistically-matched, target practice counterpart M793 which provides realistic training at a low cost.
The large-caliber ammunition contracts are for the 120mm, M1002 Multi-Purpose Anti-Tank, Target Practice with Tracer, and M865 Target Practice Cone Stabilized Discarding Sabot with Tracer designed for use with the Abrams main battle tank.
Additional large caliber awards are for further development and low-rate production of the M829E4, which is the U.S. Army’s fifth generation, 120mm kinetic energy anti-tank cartridge. The cartridge incorporates an advanced design, long-rod penetrator and proprietary, three-petal composite sabot that facilitates the most efficient transfer of energy to maximize the rod’s penetrating power.
Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.
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