Orbital ATK has secured contracts, totalling $53m, from the US Army for large-calibre training ammunition.

The contracts require the company to produce both 120mm and 105mm ammunition types, including new M1002 and M724A2 rounds.

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

The 105mm M724A2 is used for crew training on the Stryker Mobile Gun System vehicles.

"High-quality training ammunition is essential to the warfighter, who must be prepared to react decisively on today's battlefield."

These training rounds' appearance and ballistic performance is similar to tactical ammunition and they are claimed to provide the warfighter with an affordable, yet realistic training experience.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group Armament Systems Division vice-president and general manager Dan Olson said: “High-quality training ammunition is essential to the warfighter, who must be prepared to react decisively on today's battlefield.

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“By leveraging our expertise in tactical ammunition, we have produced training rounds that are visually and ballistically similar to their counterpart tactical rounds while meeting the reliability and safety performance requirements for use on US and European ranges.”

The deal also includes the recapitalisation of existing M865 and M1002 rounds to extend their service life.

To date, Orbital ATK has delivered close to five million rounds of large-calibre tactical and training tank ammunition to the US Army, the US Marine Corps and allied militaries over the years.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group provides precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air, sea and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.