Procurement Q1-2011

General Dynamics Awarded $46 Million for 120 mm Tank Cartridges ( – 17 March 2011)

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a $46 million contract for the manufacture and delivery of 120 mm M865 TPCSDS-T and M1002 TPMP-T tank cartridges.

The M865 Target Practice, Cone Stablilized, Discarding Sabot-Tracer (TPCSDS-T) cartridge is used in the 120mm smooth bore M256 cannon of Army and Marine Corps Abrams main battle tanks. The M865 practice cartridge is designed to simulate the performance characteristics of live ammunition at reduced maximum ranges to allow practice firings on short-range training areas.

The M1002 Target Practice Multi-Purpose Tracer (TPMP-T) training cartridge provides matched exterior ballistics and time-of-flight parameters to the M830A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose Tracer (HEAT-MP-T) tactical cartridge when fired from the Abrams tank.

Work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa.  Work is expected to be complete by October 31, 2012.


ATK Receives $54 Million Training Tank Ammunition Order from U.S. Army ( - 10 March 2011)

Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a $54 million order for 120mm training tank ammunition from the U.S. Army. The award is for the fourth year of a four-year contract.

The 120mm training ammunition, used by the M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tank, includes the M865 kinetic energy and the M1002 multi-purpose anti-tank training rounds.

Propellants for ATK's tank ammunition are produced by ATK at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Radford, Va.  ATK's manufacturing center of excellence in Rocket Center, W. Va. provides the high-quality metal and composite components; projectiles; and cartridge load, assembly and pack operations. Program management is headquartered in ATK's Plymouth, Minn. facility.

The M1002 has a combustible cartridge and M14 propellant charge. The round is packed in a PA171 container. This container is made of a metal can with two single pane windows in Polyethylene Ionomer that have been designed to rupture in case of propellant combustion and prevent pressure build-up. This concept enabled to keep the container intact in IM tests and avoid container metal projections.

120 mm M1002 training ammunition is fully IM compliant and has been assigned a hazard division HD 1.3C.



M1002 Cartridge Layout                                             PA-171 Container


120 mm M1002 IM Signature


Lockheed Martin Receives $34.5 Million Contract For Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Kits ( – 17 February 2011)

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $34.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for  production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) GBU-12 kits.  The majority share contract includes deliveries to both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and is scheduled to begin the second quarter of 2011.

Paveway II Plus LGB guidance kits significantly improve weapon accuracy and reduce risk to U.S. and allied ground forces when compared to legacy paveway LGBs through implementation of a newly integrated combined hardware and software solution.

This contract will provide for delivery of the first full-rate production quantities of the improved paveway II Plus LGB. The new system does not require upgrades or modifications to aircraft, ground handling equipment or logistics support, and continues the same basic paveway II concept of operation for employment

Lockheed Martin’s LGB kits can be carried on U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and most international aircraft platforms currently authorized to carry and release LGBs.  Paveway II and paveway II Plus kits are compatible and interoperable with existing inventory paveway II equipment, handling procedures and aircrew operations.

The Paveway II  Plus LGB is fitted on the IM BLU-111 bomb. This bomb is filled with an insensitive cast-cured explosive PBXN-109. (64% RDX, 20% Aluminium and 16% HTPB). Aft venting has been recently added to reduce bomb reaction in cook-off environments. With this venting, BLU-111 exhibits a type V reaction in fast cook-off and bullet impact and a type IV in slow cook-off and fragment impact.

A Dassault Rafale carrying six GBU-12 Paveway IIs, plus four MICA AAMs



Marines order 120mm mortar rounds ( – 9 March 2011)

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Florida will supply the U.S. Marines with 120mm mortar rounds under a contract worth as much as $199 million.

Two delivery orders under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract have already been awarded by the Marine's Ordnance and Tactical Systems command, the company said.

The ammunition for the service's Expeditionary Fire Support System is a family of spin-stabilized, insensitive munitions, including high explosive, smoke, illumination and practice rounds.

The rounds share common design elements, as well as a common primer and propelling charge.

The Expeditionary Fire Support System is a light, mobile and vertically transportable indirect fire support system designed for missions requiring tactical versatility, speed and close-in fire support. The system is composed of a pair of Prime Mover vehicles, a 120mm M327 mortar weapon, the four-round family of munitions and an ammunition trailer.

The mortar IM signature has been improved over former Composition B versions to be safe for transport on sea and air. The shells are filled with insensitive PBXW-128 cast‑cured composition (77% HMX and 23% binder). HE rounds are packed in PA117 containers which include blow out panels, foam packaging that melts in cook-off environment to prevent insulation of heat. Their IM signature has been evaluated in packed configuration. They passed slow cook-off, bullet impact and sympathetic reaction but exhibited a type III reaction to fragment impact and a type IV to fast-cook-off.


Tractor Vehicle and 120 mm Rifled Mortar Trailer


120 mm Mortar Round in its Packaging