Procurement Q2-2012

CHEMRING ORDNANCE AWARDED TWO CONTRACTS WORTH $19.2M FOR ARTILLERY SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGES (www.chemring.co.uk – 17/07/2012)

Chemring Ordnance, Inc. (“COR”), a Chemring Group ("Chemring") company, announced today that it has been awarded by the US Army two new contracts with the combined value of $19.2M to Load, Assemble, and Pack (LAP) artillery supplementary charges for the military services. One contract is to manufacture TNT Supplementary Charges and the other is to manufacture the new Insensitive Munition (IM) PBXN-9 (92% HMX, 6% DOA and 2% HyTemp) Supplementary Charges.

The final application has not been disclosed but such kind of supplementary charge has been evaluated in the 155 mm M795 IM shell version filled with IMX-101 (43.5% DNAN, 36.8% NQ and 19.7% NTO). This shell is close to be IM compliant and especially passes the shaped charge jet test and the sympathetic reaction test without barrier.

 

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France Orders 76 Naval Ammunition from Diehl (www.diehl.com -04/06/2012)

Diehl Defence has received an order from France to develop and qualify modern naval ammunition. It constitutes a refinement of the 76 mm naval ammunition employed worldwide. The new ammunition is scheduled for deployment in the Oto Melara SUPER RAPIDO L-62 naval guns of the new frigates FREMM and HORIZON from 2015. The 76 mm ammunition is capable of engaging both air and sea targets as well as coastal targets.

The 76 mm shell is being filled with insensitive explosives and meets the requirements of insensitive ammunition (IM) according to STANAG. As opposed to the old variant, it prevents detonation of the ammunition in case of enemy shelling or fire on board. This contributes to the protection of the vessel´s crew.

The new 76 mm naval ammunition is a joint cooperation of Diehl Defence and the French manufacturer Nexter Munitions. The company JUNGHANS T2M from La Ferté Saint-Aubin, France, supplies the fuze. The propellant charge system is delivered by the firm Nitrochemie Wimmis, Switzerland.

 

Lockheed Martin receives $241 Million Contract for JASSM® Lot 10 Production (www.lockheedmartin.com – 28/06/2012)

 

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $241.6 million contract for Lot 10 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and Extended Range (ER) variant.

The JASSM Lot 10 contract is for 191 baseline missiles, 30 ER missiles, Test Instrumentation Kits and systems engineering support. While this is the tenth production lot for the JASSM baseline missile, it is only the second lot for JASSM-ER.

Armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM and JASSM-ER cruise autonomously day or night in all weather conditions. JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of baseline JASSM for greater standoff range. These 2,000-pound cruise missiles employ an infrared seeker and Global Positioning System receiver to dial into specific target aimpoints. JASSM is integrated on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. JASSM-ER is integrated on the B-1.

JASSM is equipped with a 1,000 pound penetrator that is filled with the Extremely Insensitive Substance (EIS) called AFX-757 (20% RDX, 30% AP, 33% Aluminium and 17% HTPB) and has a PBXN-9 boosterThe warhead also includes vents in the aft closure and a Thermally Reactive Retaining ring that releases at approximately 143 °C and prevents pressure build-up when the explosive starts reacting in cook-off environments.

 

Thanks to these IM features, JASSM missile exhibits a very good IM signature to IM aggressions.

 

 

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JASSM Cruise Missile in Flight

 

General Dynamics Awarded Contracts for 120mm Tank and Artillery Ammunition Valued at $97 Million (www.generaldynamics.com – 04/06/2012)

The U.S. Army Contracting Commands, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., and Rock Island, Ill., have awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), three contracts with a total value of $97 million for the manufacture and delivery of 120mm M865 and M1002 tank training ammunition, 105mm M1130 high-explosive (HE) pre-formed fragmentation (PFF) cartridges and 155mm M795 HE projectile metal parts.

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.

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

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ATK Receives $36 Million Order for Production of 120mm Training Ammunition (www.atk.com – 04/06/2012)

ATK has received a $36 million order from the U.S. Army to produce 120mm training ammunition for tanks.  The award is for a first base-year with four, one-year evaluated option years.

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.  These training rounds closely replicate tactical ammunition in appearance and ballistic performance to provide the warfighter with an affordable, yet realistic training experience.

The IM characteristics of the 120 mm M1002 are described in the article above.