ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has ordered high-explosive rounds and training ammunition for Abram tanks and Paladin howitzers.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems reported that the orders -- issued under three contracts -- are for 120mm M865 and M1002 tank training rounds, 105mm M1130 high-explosive pre-formed fragmentation cartridges and 155mm M795 high-explosive projectile metal parts.
The ammunition, which will be used by the U.S. Marine Corps as well as the Army, is worth a total of $97 million.
"Our tank and artillery ammunition continue to play key roles in both the training of U.S. forces as well as providing them overmatch capability in combat," said Steve Torma, vice president and general manager of Large Caliber Ammunition for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.
"General Dynamics' heritage in producing tank and artillery ammunition is second to none and we are honored to provide continuing support to U.S. armed forces with this high-performance ammunition."
The M865 practice round for Abram tanks simulates the characteristics of live ammunition at reduced maximum ranges, while the M1002 Target Practice Multi-Purpose Tracer, when fired from an Abrams tank, matches the exterior ballistics and time-of-flight characteristics of the M830A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose Tracer cartridge, the company said.
The 105mm M1130 HE PFF ammunition is fired from the M119 towed Paladin howitzer. The 155mm M795, used with howitzers in Afghanistan is a high-explosive/high-fragmentation round.