Federal Ammunition was awarded a contract to supply high-performance 7.62 NATO and other novel ammunition for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Carbine Technologies (NGCT) program. The suite of ammunition utilizes a specialized alloy cartridge case, which allows for elevated chamber pressures and a reduction in ammunition weight when compared to legacy brass-cased ammunition. These performance benefits deliver a significant increase in overall weapon system effectiveness for the NGCT program.
Only a few weeks ago, in a separate agreement valued at $13.8 million, the U.S. military ordered 5.56 NATO MK311 Frangible Ammunition from the firm. The cartridges are for training use, and not part of the NGCT program.
“We are a company committed to providing ammunition support to the U.S. military, as defined through our mission statement to ‘Build better ammunition in America, to create community, power defense, and conserve our heritage,’” said Jason Vanderbrink, president of Federal Ammunition. “We are extremely pleased with this prestigious contract award, as it validates the high level of trust the U.S. military has with our new and innovative products.”
“Our use of a proprietary high-performance alloy cartridge case will provide the U.S. Army NGCT Team with an excellent ammunition platform for evaluation of advanced Next Generation weapon concept performance. Program results will serve to inform the direction of future Next Generation weapon technology decisions for the U.S. Army,” said David Leis, Federal’s vice president of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales. “Ammunition products utilizing this specialized alloy cartridge case technology will be made available for commercial and foreign sales in the near future.”
Value or volume of purchase was not released in the latest agreement.