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Army orders aircraft ammo

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Alliant Techsystems to produce five variants of 20mm ammunition used by fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.

Minneapolis-based ATK was awarded the contract from the Army Sustainment Command based in Illinois. Under the $25.5 million deal, ATK will deliver five variants of its 20mm PGU ammunition for use by the Air Force's F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft, the Navy's F-18 aircraft and the Marine Corps' Cobra AH-1 helicopter.

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ATK, a major supplier for the U.S. military's ammunition requirements, will produce variants of its target practice and its semi-armor-piercing high-explosive incendiary among other PGU munitions as part of the Army contract.

Officials say the Army munitions order could be worth more than $170 million, if all options are exercised.

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