GD receives 120mm tank and artillery ammunition contracts

5 June 2012 (Last Updated June 5th, 2012 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS) has received three contracts from the US Army Contracting Commands for the manufacture and delivery of 120mm tank and artillery ammunitions.

General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS) has received three contracts from the US Army Contracting Commands for the manufacture and delivery of 120mm tank and artillery ammunitions.

Under the $97m contracts, the company will deliver 120mm M865 and M1002 tank training ammunition, 105mm M1130 high-explosive (HE) pre-formed fragmentation (PFF) cartridges and 155mm M795 HE projectile metal parts.

GD-OTS Large Calibre Ammunition vice president and general manager Steve Torma said that the company was honoured to provide continuing tank and artillery ammunition support to US armed forces.

"Our tank and artillery ammunition continue to play key roles in both the training of US forces, as well as providing them overmatch capability in combat," he said.

Used by Abrams tank's 120mm smooth-bore M256 cannon, the M865 target practice, cone stabilised, discarding sabot-tracer (TPCSDS-T) displays live ammunition capabilities at reduced maximum ranges, a characteristic allowing the soldier to practice firing on short-range training areas.

"Our tank and artillery ammunition continue to play key roles in both the training of US forces, as well as providing them overmatch capability in combat."

When fired from Abrams MBT, the M1002 target practice multi-purpose tracer (TPMP-T) training cartridge supports the M830A1 high explosive anti-tank multi-purpose tracer (HEAT-MP-T) tactical cartridge by providing exterior ballistics and time-of-flight parameters.

As the newest member of the army's 105mm ammunition range, the M1130 HE PFF ammunition is fired from the M119 towed howitzer and has already experienced service in Afghanistan after achieving full material release.

Widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan combat operations, the 155mm M795 high-explosive/high-fragmentation artillery projectile is used in conjunction with the M777 and M198 towed howitzers and the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer.

Manufacturing of the 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition, as well as the 120mm tank ammunition, is expected to be complete in February 2013, April 2014 and September 2016 respectively.