The king of battle gets stronger

The king of battle gets stronger

PEO Ammunition adapts new technology to produce improved, more lethal ammunition for 155 mm artillery. by Mr. Peter Burke and Ms. Tara Sarruda Since the 1970s, ammunition improvements for 155 mm artillery systems have resulted in U.S. dominance of long-range artillery weapon systems. But with continuous change in threats worldwide, the rapid introduction of new technology and our adversaries’ adaptations, the U.S. faces new challenges. Defeating large formations of enemy armored vehicles will require new ammunition with improved lethality for 155 mm artillery while minimizing its negative effects on friendly troops and noncombatants. To ensure that 155 mm field artillery keeps pace, the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition is […]

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Program Manager for Towed Artillery Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition and Marine Corps Program Executive Office for Land Systems TITLE: M777 India production lead, program management engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE WORKFORCE: 7 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in engineering; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in mechanical engineering, Rutgers University India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots By Susan L. Follett Two M777A2 howitzers arrived in India in May, marking an early milestone under a contract that eventually will provide that country with 145 M777A2s starting in late 2018. Christopher Ayoub is a key player in that effort, as program management engineer for the Program Manager […]

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

New family of munitions enhances training and increases capabilities and lethality. by Mr. James Terhune For nearly 30 years, 40 mm grenades have been a mainstay on the battlefield, undergoing little more than safety and reliability improvements. In 2009, the Army set out to take advantage of new technologies to help counter evolving threats and new tactics and to provide more realistic training to warfighters. The Product Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition (PD MCA), part of Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), has created plans for the development of the next generation of 40 mm grenades. The 40 mm grenade family contains both high-velocity (HV) grenades, which are fired […]

BOMBS AWAY

BOMBS AWAY

PEO Ammunition helps the Army meet Air Force bomb demand head-on by Mr. Sean D. Brandt and Mr. Robert M. Moreira  After more than a decade of combat operations, the U.S. Air Force’s expenditures for 2,000- pound general purpose bombs have increased at a rate substantially higher than anticipated. These high-tempo operations are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. As bomb expenditures began to outpace funded orders, the Air Force increased its requirements to meet warfighter demand. In FY16, the Air Force more than quadrupled its budget for general purpose bombs, compared with a historical average. As the executor for the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), the Program […]

HIGH-EXPLOSIVE VERSATILITY

HIGH-EXPLOSIVE VERSATILITY

The AMP tank round would give M1A2 Abrams tanks more lethality while combining the functions of four existing rounds—anti-armor, breaching and anti-personnel capabilities—in a single piece of ammunition. by Mr. Corey D. Hall The M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and its current suite of ammunition exist to defeat the hardest targets on the battlefield, normally enemy armored vehicles. The Army’s focus on counterinsurgency operations over the past decade presented mainly softer targets. In response, the Army developed and fielded the M1028 canister round, providing some increased short-range capability against enemy personnel. Still, the nature of operations did not provide significant opportunities to bring the Abrams’ lethality to bear in combined […]

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 30, 2017)—Following an unprecedented number of votes cast, award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies” honors, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2016. The System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (SOSE&I), based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was the only command to win three ALTies: Col. Terrece B. Harris won the honors for best commentary, while Vanessa Flores won for best graphic. Flores was also a runner-up for best photograph. Lt. Col. Steven D. Gutierrez was the runaway winner for best article for his look at a Training […]

A Green Machine Success

A Green Machine Success

PM MAS secures ManTech and R&D funds to enable the industrial base to experiment with green machining to produce the next generation small-caliber round. by Mrs. Marta Hess, Mr. Jeremy Lucid and Mr. Joseph Paras Until 2010, ammunition for small arms weapons has not kept up with evolving threats, and the performance of legacy ammunition has remained relatively stagnant since the early 1980s. Developed using Cold War-era technology, legacy ammunition has a number of deficiencies in providing warfighters with a definitive advantage against current and future threats. A large-scale effort to develop and field the next generation of small caliber ammunition—and with it, the overmatch capability legacy ammunition does not […]

Need a LFT?

Need a LFT?

PEO Ammunition and ARDEC have a patent-pending and cost-effective way to LFT the 155 mm high-explosive round for increased anti-materiel performance by Mr. Paul Manz In an attempt to partially mitigate the capability gap resulting from DOD’s policy on cluster munitions—which mandates a significant reduction in the amount of potential unexploded ordnance they leave on the battlefield by 2019—a trio of technical professionals at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, faced the challenge of eking out increased performance from existing 155 mm high-explosive unitary munitions without breaking the bank. The policy-driven loss of most U.S. cluster munitions impacts all Army and Marine Corps dual-purpose improved conventional munitions (DPICMs) used by the Army […]

A New Way of Thinking

A New Way of Thinking

The Ottawa Treaty banning ‘dumb’ landmines caused a major capability gap in terrain shaping, area access and area denial, but it also created a massive possibility for innovation—and teamwork between government and industry. Now, ARCIC, PEO Ammunition and industry are working together to develop a capability that will go far beyond dumb. by Mr. Steve Stark The Gator Landmine Replacement (GLMR) program is, in many ways, emblematic of the kinds of tough but necessary technical challenges that the Army and DOD need to tackle in the coming years as they develop requirements for innovative new battlefield capabilities with strategic consideration for their long-term use and ultimate disposal—in short, the entire […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. James Terhune

Faces of the Force: Mr. James Terhune

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director Medium Caliber, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: 40 mm research, development, testing and engineering lead; project management officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 15 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; engineering; and business – cost estimating and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in technology management, Stevens Institute of Technology; B.S. in industrial engineering, Lehigh University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Acquisition career yields better tools for Soldiers By Susan L. Follett 2016 was a good year for the Program Executive Office for Ammunition: its Program Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) won […]