What is this "...5.56mm long-range ammunition for U.S. combat forces to use."? Is it likely ALL services will use this ammo, not just USN and USMC?
South Dakota ammo company gets $50M Navy contract
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City, South Dakota, company has landed a $50 million federal contract to provide ammunition to the U.S. military.
The Rapid City Journal reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced last week that Black Hills Ammunition is contracted to provide 5.56mm long-range ammunition for U.S. combat forces to use.
While the contract is lucrative for the company, the actual quantity of ammunition purchased will likely be much less, said Jeff Hoffman, one of Black Hills Ammunition’s co-owners.
The ammunition company will absorb production expenses over the contract’s five-year length. The government won’t necessarily purchase as much ammunition as it requires the company to produce.
“As a contractor, we’re obligated to be prepared to deliver that quantity should the government order it,” Hoffman said. “The government is only obligated to order a small fraction of that.”
Hoffman said that although his company may not ultimately reap the full $50 million in the contract, the deal still provides financial stability and a resulting boost to the local economy over the next five years.
“We take good care of our people, and contracts like this allow us to be able to do that,” Hoffman said.
Black Hills Ammunition designs, manufactures and markets ammunition for weapons ranging from sporting firearms to military sniper rifles. It began developing 5.56mm ammunition more than two decades ago, with their first federal contract coming in 1996 to provide for Army sharpshooters participating in interservice marksmanship competitions.
Hoffman said word spread in the military of his company’s ammunition, eventually leading to federal contracts with all four military branches within three years.
IIRC - a consumable like that - if it gets an NSN then anyone can order it.
Someone in logistics please correct me if I am wrong...
Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
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Black Hills has been supplying the military for a long time. All the marksmanship teams have used them, so this is no surprise. And yes, once it's got a CAGE code and an NSN authorized units can order it through the normal supply channels.
'I'm pretty fly for a white guy'.
Might be more MK 262 MOD1 or similar.
Also, ammo is ordered through the Operations guys using TAMIS. You can't just order rounds through the supply system.
I remember when they were just starting out and small and would go to all of the gun shows and sell reloads and I think new (that may have come later) in 100 rounds clear plastic bags that were heat shrunk on the ends. It doesn't seem that long ago. They've come a long way.
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