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Orbital ATK Kicks Off Army Tank Ammo Production; Dan Olson Comments

Orbital ATK Kicks Off Army Tank Ammo Production; Dan Olson Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Dan Olson
Dan Olson
Dan Olson

Orbital ATK has started to produce 120mm kinetic energy cartridges for the U.S. Army‘s Abrams battle tanks after the technology completed acceptance testing.

The company said Monday it will manufacture the M829E4 advanced kinetic energy tactical tank rounds under a potential three-year, $80 million contract with the military service.

Dan Olson, Orbital ATK vice president and general manager of the armament systems division, said the company has supported the Army’s large caliber ammunition program for more than 30 years.

The M829E4 ammunition will be built with a composite sabot and a long-rod penetrator designed to defeat armor protection systems.

According to Orbital ATK, the cartridge technology aims to maintain a consistent muzzle velocity in extreme operational temperatures and increase handling safety through a relocated skive joint placement system.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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