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When the US government announced its intent to procure 2,000 RPG-7 Launchers, it’s clear that things have become rather complicated in the area of weapons acquisition. That February 2009 announcement, which also identified needs ranging from 1,688 PKM 7.62x54mm machine guns to 162 NSV 12.7x108mm heavy machine guns, reflected the challenges of security assistance in the 21st Century. Unlike past eras, during which the US might have tried to standardize its alliances on US weapons systems, current relationships with countries like Iraq and Afghanistan have opened a new chapter in “Non-Standard Ammunition.”

Speaking to the International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium in May 2009, Mr. William Sanville, Project Director for Non-Standard Ammunition under the US Army Program Executive Office for Ammunition, explained that the terminology, “non-standard ammo,” has been around for a long time and has been applied to the specialized needs of the Army Marksmanship Unit or unique tactical training requirements at one of the Army’s training centers.

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