C4 High-yield Chemical Explosive
C4 High-yield Chemical Explosive

American Ordnance Awarded $304 Million Contract for the Family of Extrudable C-4 Items

American Ordnance LLC, Middletown, Iowa, was awarded a $304,001,630 firm-fixed-price contract for the Family of Extrudable C-4 items. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 13, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-21-D-0035).

American Ordnance LLC, operator of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, produces the M112 Demolition Block for the U.S. Military and other State Department approved customers. This block demolition charge is used for cutting, breaching and other explosive ordnance disposal activities. The charge is moldable and is especially suited for cutting irregularly shaped targets. The adhesive backing allows the charge to be attached to any flat, clean, dry surface.

M112 Demolition Block

American Ordnance LLC operates the Energetics Business Unit, located at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. The primary mission of the Energetics Business Unit is to safely Load, Assemble, and Pack (LAP) high-quality explosive-ordnance and components for the US Government. Extruded explosive products include demolition charges for mine clearing, obstacle reduction, and explosive demilitarization operations.

American Ordnance LLC (AO) is a premier manufacturer of ammunition to the United States Military. American Ordnance LLC is one of the Day & Zimmermann, Inc. family of companies with production facilities at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) and storage facilities at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant (MLAAP). AO is the operating contractor of the IAAAP and MLAAP, where it maintains the facility and manages multiple munitions programs as either a prime contractor or significant subcontractor.

New York Army National Guard Spc. Shawn Watts, assigned to the 1108th Explosive Ordinance Device Co., blows up C4 and flexible sheet explosives, at Devens Training Area, MA. Watts was training how to set up and use the explosives, part of his annual training. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Andrew Valenza)