An Army contract will acquire Federal ammo with specialized cases.
(Photo by Navy Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf)

Federal Ammunition just announced a new contract to supply high-performance 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition to the U.S. Army. Part of the Army’s Next Generation Carbine Technologies program, the contract calls for both 7.62 and other novel ammunition.

Federal Wins Army Next Gen Contract

This suite of ammunition utilizes a specialized alloy cartridge case, allowing for elevated chamber pressures, according to Federal. It also reduces ammunition weight, compared to legacy brass-cased ammo. The performance benefits deliver a significant increase in overall weapon system effectiveness for 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 VP 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.”

Federal Army Next Gen Contract

We’ve reported at length over different benchmarks in the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon and Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle trials. The projects attempt to replace both the M4 and the M249.

From SIG Sauer to General Dynamic, multiple companies currently compete for the ultimate prize. The projects also kicked off further innovation. From the Smuzzle to “smart gun technology,” the entire industry remains locked in on these trials.

Though we’ve heard rumors of the M16/M4’s replacement for years, it looks like the venerable platform’s days finally are truly numbered. But no matter how you feel about the ubiquitous rifle, the innovation surrounding this trial continues to draw attention.

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