Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA)
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DESCRIPTION

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.

BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER

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

  • 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

PROGRAM STATUS

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

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

FY19-FY23:

  • 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

Contractors

  • 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)
  • DZI (IAAAP, IA)
Medium Caliber Ammunition - 40 mm
Medium Caliber Ammunition