Federal Ammunition recently announced it secured a $13.8 million contract from the U.S. Army. The new Army contract for Federal calls for 5.56 NATO Mk311 Frangible Ammunition.
Federal Secures Army Contract Worth $13.8 Million
The military-grade, training ammunition, also dubbed AA40 in Ordnance code, utilizes a 50-grain frangible bullet. The bullet makeup includes a non-toxic, copper and tungsten powder matrix core. Additionally, it employs a gilding metal jacket. The bullet disintegrates into small fragments on impact, minimizing over-penetration and ricochet hazards. The polymer compound round also produces limited splash back; this vastly decreases ricochets, making it ideal for training applications, according to Federal.
“One of the differentiators of AA40 is the use of Federal’s exclusive Catalyst primer. It’s a lead-free technology that provides the most reliable, consistent ignition possible,” said VP of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales David Leis. “Unlike many other lead-free primer formulations, Catalyst primers have unique properties that allow them to be effectively and safely used in service ammunition. Catalyst primers have been used in hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition delivered to military, law enforcement and commercial customers to-date.”
“We have a long history of providing high quality specialty ammunition to multiple branches of the U.S. military. Their continued trust is of the utmost importance to us, and is something we are certainly most proud of,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “With this, Federal Ammunition continues to demonstrate surety of supply, professional capability, the ability to meet all specifications, and reliable delivery on production expectations of our military contracts.”
Additionally, in December 2018, Federal announced a $41 million contract with the U.S. Navy; that contract called for Federal to produce 62-grain, MK 318 Mod 0 cartridges, with ammo bound for Navy and Marine Corps units. For more information, please visit federalpremium.com.