Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA)
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DESCRIPTION

Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA) includes 20mm, 25mm, 30mm and 40mm Armor- Piercing, High-Explosive, 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 40mm rounds provide specific tools for the warfighter (e.g., illumination).

SPECIFICATIONS

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

PROGRAM STATUS

FY16-FY19: Development, Production and Sustainment

  • 40mm Door Breach Request for Proposals Release
  • 40mm High Velocity Capability Development Document approved
  • 40mm High Velocity and Low Velocity Day-Night-Thermal Low Rate Initial Production Award
  • 30×173mm Stryker Ammunition Urgent Materiel Release/Operational New Equipment Training
  • 20mm Improved M940 Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement Fielding 40mm High Explosive Air Burst Milestone B
  • 40mm High Explosive Air Burst Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Contract Award
  • 40mm High Explosive Dual Purpose – Air Burst Milestone B
  • 40mm Door Breach Milestone B
  • New Multiple Year Medium Caliber Family of Ammunition Contract Award
  • New Multiple Year 40mm Production Contract Award
  • 30x173mm Armor-Piercing and Target Practice Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Contract Award

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

FY20-FY23:

  • Cannon-caliber and 40mm legacy Production and Sustainment
  • Qualify 30mm  ammunition for Stryker Brigade Combat Teams
  • Engineering, Manufacturing and Development contract award for 40mm Door Breach
  • Milestone C for Door Breach, High Explosive Air Burst, and High Explosive Dual Purpose – Air Burst
  • 30x173mm Armor-Piercing and Target Practice Multifunctional Munition CDD Approval
  • Safety Qualification for 50mm Ammunition and Armament Systems
  • 30x113mm Self-Destruct and Proximity Air Burst Urgent Materiel Release

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)
  • Chemring Ordnance (Perry, FL)
Medium Caliber Ammunition - 40 mm
Medium Caliber Ammunition