U.S. Military Buys Grenades

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have expended a great deal of ammunition over the last nine years in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has mainly been smaller rounds — rifles, machine guns, 25 and 30mm cannon rounds. The use of artillery and main tank guns has been restricted through the type of fighting and the Rules of Engagement. Often air delivered ordnance like Hellfire missiles and bombs provide the direct support rather then artillery. As part of this the 40mm grenade launched from systems attached to rifles as well as automatic systems has been heavily used.

To support this the Department of Defense announced a five year contract with AMTEC Corp. to continue production through 2014. This is a continuation of an existing five year contract issued in 2005. The initial value is about $33 million.

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