With a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Federal Ammunition is set to beginning shipping product to the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), beginning in 2019. The contract is valued at $41 million and will supply Navy and Marine Corps units with MK 318 Mod 0 carbine rifle cartridges.
“This contract demonstrates the design and production strengths within our business, achieving our goals of meeting customer requirements,” said Jason Vanderbrink, Federal Ammunition’s president. “We are enthused Federal Ammunition will continue to serve Navy and Marine Corps units, and their unique needs in combat. Design parameters and development of the projectile, a joint effort between Federal and NSWC, represent the continued innovation, and excellence required to support our units in the field.”
The cartridge is compatible with existing 5.56 mm weapons systems, and it boasts Federal’s unique barrier defeating projectile technology. The cartridge also uses 62-grain open-tip match and is a lead free projectile designed to penetrate intermediate barriers with terminal performance through commonly found barriers encountered in warfare scenarios.