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British contract ATK for Apache ammunition

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense has contracted Alliant Techsystems to deliver tactical and training ammunition to support Apache helicopter requirements.

Under the follow-on deal, Minneapolis-based ATK, a supplier of medium-caliber weapon systems and ammunition, will provide the British Defense Ministry with its lightweight 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose tactical ammunition and also its M788 training ammunition.

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British officials say the $36 million contract is part of a sustainment program and the ammunition will go to support the fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters.

The order for M789 ammunition is a follow-on from a previous $19 million deal from the British Defense Ministry.

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