Federal Ammunition Awarded 5-Year, $114M U.S. Army Contract

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Image via Popular Mechanics, Soldier with an M4A1 5.56x45mm carbine
Image via Popular Mechanics, Soldier with an M4A1 5.56x45mm carbine

ANOKA, Minnesota –  Federal Ammunition has been awarded a 5-year contract to produce the United States Army’s 5.56mm training ammunition valued at $114 million dollars.  AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition is used by the U.S. military branches in rifles and carbines chambered for this caliber for training.

“This contract is historic,” said Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal Ammunition.  “It is the largest government contract awarded to Federal in its 100-years of operation and speaks volumes to the trust the United States military has in our American workforce assembling the best products for our servicemen and servicewomen.”

“Successfully executing on the AA40 contract requires large scale production capabilities combined with stringent quality control measures,” said Erik Carlson, Senior Director of Operations at Federal’s headquarters located in Anoka, MN.  “Awards of this magnitude are validation of Federal’s committed workforce to meet these demands and provide the best ammunition possible for our U.S. Armed Forces time and time again.”

“Federal’s frangible training ammunition has been recognized as the best in the business by the United States military and this latest U.S. Army awarded contract continues that recognition,” said Vice President of Government Sales David Leis.  “The ammunition is designed to disintegrate into small fragments on impact, minimizing over-penetrating and ricochet hazards, making it ideal for training purposes.”

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct. For more on Federal ammunition, visit www.federalpremium.com.

What is Frangible Ammo?

Frangible Ammunition is a type of “safer” training ammunition utilizing a solid metal jacket, usually copper, with a powdered metal filled interior, also usually copper. This composition makes it so that when the bullet impacts a hard surface, like a steel target face or concrete surface, it will break apart into the dust and the small pieces of the jacket. This expels most of the bullet’s energy and allows it to be safely shot in close to targets that could cause dangerous deflections and ricochets with conventional rounds. Proper protective equipment must still be worn, but it allows for safer shooting, especially in interior spaces, for those training.