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Ammunition order for Minnesota firm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Federal Cartridge Co. of Minnesota is being given a $46.5 million contract for AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition, the U.S. Defense Department reported.

AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition is a commercial item that will be used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard in rifles and carbines chambered for this caliber without modification.

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The ammunition is considered ideal for training purposes as it is designed to disintegrate into small fragments upon impact, minimizes over-penetration and ricochet hazards during military operations in urban-terrain and close-quarter battle training.

The polymer-compound round produces no splash back, which decreases ricochets. Additionally, it doesn't contain lead or hazardous materials, eliminating health and environmental hazards.

Work under the firm fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will be performed in Anoka, Minn., and is expected to be completed by August 2016, the Defense Department said.

This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, with three offers received.

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, is the contracting activity.

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