ATK de­liv­ers 2 bil­lion ammo rounds to US Army


ATK re­cently achieved a world-class pro­duc­tion mile­stone by de­liv­er­ing the 2 bil­lionth 7.62mm round of am­mu­ni­tion man­u­fac­tured at the Lake City Army Am­mu­ni­tion Plant (LCAAP) in In­de­pen­dence, Mis­souri. Since as­sump­tion of LCAAP man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions in 2000, ATK has in­creased the pro­duc­tion rate for 7.62mm am­mu­ni­tion five­fold in di­rect sup­port of US Army re­quire­ments.

ATK, the world’s largest sup­plier of am­mu­ni­tion, has es­tab­lished a proven record of suc­cess in manag­ing and modernising the Depart­ment of De­fense’s pri­mary source for mil­i­tary small-cal­i­bre ri­fle am­mu­ni­tion.

“I am very proud of what ATK has de­liv­ered for the US Army while be­ing en­trusted with our stew­ard­ship re­spon­si­bil­ity to safely and ef­fi­ciently op­er­ate LCAAP. We value our com­mit­ment to de­liver a lean, scal­able and sus­tain­able ca­pa­bil­ity that will serve the needs of our na­tion for years to come,” said Mike Kahn, Pres­i­dent of ATK De­fense. “We take to heart that the lives of our warfight­ers de­pend on the qual­ity of each and ev­ery round we pro­duce at this gov- ern­ment-owned fa­cil­ity. We are hon­oured with this re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

In part­ner­ship with the US Army, ATK suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented a com­plex ex­pan­sion and mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme at LCAAP that re­sulted in in­creas­ing plant pro­duc­tion from 374 mil­lion to more than 1.6 bil­lion rounds an­nu­ally. This in­cludes high-vol­ume de­liv­er­ies of the US Army’s M855A1 En­hanced Per­for­mance Round (EPR) on mod­ernised equip­ment. The EPR is an en­hanced ver­sion of the M855 5.56mm car­tridge and of­fers a sig­nif­i­cant break­through in am­mu­ni­tion per­for­mance for Amer­ica’s warfight­ers. ATK has de­liv­ered more than 350 mil­lion M855A1 rounds since tran­si­tion­ing to pro­duc­tion in 2010.

ATK im­ple­mented a unique lean man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tem that fo­cuses on max­imis­ing ef­fi­cien­cies through a con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment based cul­ture that tar­gets the elim­i­na­tion of waste. ATK also ini­ti­ated a sys­tem that em­ploys cel­lu­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, in­te­grated en­ter­prise in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, and ad­vanced ma­te­rial han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties de­signed to en­hance pro­duc­tion ef­fi­cien­cies and through­put.

ATK re­ceived re­cent or­ders to­tal­ing $131 mil­lion for small-cal­i­bre am­mu­ni­tion un­der an In­def­i­nite De­liv­ery/In­def­i­nite Quan­tity (IDIQ) con­tract with the US Army Con­tract­ing Com­mand, Rock Is­land.

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