Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA)
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Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA) includes 20 mm, 25 mm, 30 mm and 40 mm Armor-Piercing (AP), High-Explosive (HE), smoke, illumination, training and antipersonnel cartridges with the capability to defeat light armor, materiel and personnel targets. These munitions provide overwhelming lethality in MCA and point- and area-target engagement via medium handheld and crew-served weapons.


Standard ammunition provides the warfighter with the necessary lethality needed to defeat the enemy. Specialty 40 mm rounds provide specific tools for the warfighter (e.g., illumination).


  • Specifications vary based on weapon platform, caliber and target set and effect.
  • 20 mm cartridge is a multipurpose tracer with self-destruct capability, used in the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) weapon system
  • 25 mm target practice (TP), HE incendiary and AP cartridges are fired from the M242 Bushmaster Cannon from the Bradley Fighting Vehicle
    30×113 mm TP and HE Dual Purpose (DP) cartridges are fired from the M230 Chain Gun mounted on the Apache and Black Hawk helicopters
  • Varieties of 40 mm TP, HEDP and specialty cartridges are designed for use in the M203 Grenade Launcher, M320 Grenade Launcher and the MK19 Grenade Machine Gun
  • 30x173mm TP, HE incendiary and AP cartridges are fired from the XM813 Cannon from the Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicle


FY16-FY19: Production and Sustainment

  • 40 mm Door Breach (DB) Request for Proposals Release
  • 40 mm High Velocity (HV) Capability Development Document (CDD) approved
  • 40 mm HV and Low Velocity Day-Night-Thermal Low Rate Initial Production
  • 30×173 mm Stryker Ammunition Urgent Materiel Release/Operator New Equipment Training
  • 20 mm Improved M940 Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement Fielding
  • 40 mm HE Airburst (AB) Milestone B
  • 40 mm HEAB Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Contract Award
  • 40 mm HEDP-AB Milestone B
  • 40 mm DB Milestone B
  • Medium Caliber Family of Ammunition Contract Award buy 2
  • New Multiple Year 40 mm Production Contract Award



  • Cannon-caliber and 40 mm legacy Production and Sustainment
  • Qualify 30 mm ammunition for Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicle, 2nd Cavalry Regiment lethality upgrade
  • EMD contract award for 40 mm DB and HEDP-AB
  • Milestone C for 40 mm DB, HEAB, and HEDP-AB
  • Multifunctional Munition CDD Approval
  • Safety Quality 50 mm Ammunition and Armament Systems

Foreign Military Sales

Afghanistan, Egypt, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia


  • General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Marion, IL)
  • Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (Radford, VA; Independence, MO; Rocket City, WV)
  • AMTEC Corp. (Janesville, WI; Camden, AR)
  • American Ordnance (IAAAP, IA)
Medium Caliber Ammunition - 40 mm
Medium Caliber Ammunition