BAE Sys­tems con­tract to pro­duce more in­no­va­tive ex­plo­sives

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The US Army has awarded BAE Sys­tems a con­tract val­ued at as much as $780 mil­lion over the next five years to con­tinue pro­duc­ing ex­plo­sives at the Hol­ston Army Am­mu­ni­tion Plant in Ten­nessee. Un­der this con­tract, the com­pany re­ceived an ini­tial $18.4 mil­lion or­der to pro­duce ad­di­tional quan­ti­ties of IMX-101, in­sen­si­tive mu­ni­tions that is ap­proved by the Army as a safe and ef­fec­tive re­place­ment for TNT in ar­tillery rounds.

“The work we do at Hol­ston is crit­i­cal to the de­fence of our na­tion and to the safety of our men and women in uni­form,” said Erin Mose­ley, Pres­i­dent of BAE Sys­tems’ Sup­port So­lu­tions sec­tor. “IMX-101 is truly in­no­va­tive and is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing mil­i­tary ord­nance. Once fully fielded, it will help to save lives on and off the bat­tle­field.”

BAE Sys­tems devel­oped IMX-101 and fielded it in part­ner­ship with the Army at the Hol­ston plant, which the com­pany op­er­ates and man­ages for the government. IMX-101 is part of a new fam­ily of ex­plo­sives un­der devel­op­ment called in­sen­si­tive mu­ni­tions ex­plo­sives (IMX). Th­ese ex­plo­sive for­mu­la­tions are sig­nif­i­cantly more sta­ble than con­ven­tional TNT and com­po­si­tion B, mak­ing the weapon sys­tems they sup­port safer for troops to trans­port and han­dle.

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