ATK receives ammunition contract from the US Navy

Aerospace and defence company Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $49m (£30m) contract from the US Navy to produce a special-operations ammunition round with improved accuracy, stronger barrier penetration and a lower muzzle-flash.

ATK Security and Sporting developed the round in partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center — Crane Division under the Special Operations Science and Technology (SOST) ammunition programme.

Expected to be delivered in 2015, the ammunition will be manufactured in 5.56 x 45mm and 7.62 x 51mm calibres, and is short-barrel optimised.

Production of the ammunition, which is designed for use with the MK16 and MK17 Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle Weapon System, will be performed at ATK’s Federal Premium Ammunition plant in Anoka, MN.