NAMMO AS, a Norwegian international aerospace and defense company, has announced its U.S. subsidiary Nammo Defense Systems Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, will deliver M72 and Components for Shoulder Launched Munitions Training Systems to the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), thus supporting multiple U.S. military services. The contract is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement with a maximum value of $498 million, with its initial delivery order being $96.9-million and deliveries slated to begin in 2023. According to the Nammo Defense Systems’ Vice President of Programs, Tim Clawitter, “When using single hearing protection inside an enclosure, the system’s safety specifications exceed the fire-from-enclosure safe operating requirements of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. No system currently fielded by the U.S. Department of Defense has this capability – and that’s a game-changer.”
“A patented inert organic high-density liquid and patented propulsion system, developed by Nammo to satisfy U.S. Marine Corps requirements, significantly mitigates sound levels, visual signature, and back blast effects,” said Nammo Defense Systems Vice President of Engineering, Dominic Jezierski. “We’ve successfully completed aggressive testing through the Joint Ordnance Test Procedure to validate the capabilities of the system.”
“The government and industry team working on the M72 FFE system is confident that it will deliver next-level capabilities,” said Nammo Defense Systems President Gary Goodwin. “This contract award is a significant win for the warfighter. Nammo Defense Systems is focused on providing technologies, capabilities and products to fulfill the requirements of U.S. and allied military forces defending freedom.”
The M72 FFE weapon is a joint-service qualified, world-leading close combat weapon that allows warfighters to maintain cover and operate from concealed positions. Leveraging Nammo Defense technology innovation and expertise, the M72 FFE is easy to operate, extremely powerful, lightweight and disposable. The anti-armor variant (M72 A8) is effective against tactical vehicles, concrete walls and light armored personnel carriers, while the anti-structure variant (M72 A10) features a dual-mode fuze that can defeat brick, adobe, earthen fortifications and tactical vehicles. The M72 FFE system is designed to be effective in combat operations and to provide enhanced safety for the operator. By reducing the effect of the back blast, operator safety is enhanced and allows the M72 FFE to be employed in places previously unfeasible. Firing from inside a structure or behind cover, means the operator can remain concealed, and the lighter 13-pound weight means the operator is less physically burdened during the rigors of combat operations.
Nammo Defense Systems Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Arizona is a U.S. corporation and part of the Nammo group of companies. With more than 800 employees in the United States and more than 2,700 employees worldwide, 28 production sites and a presence in 12 countries, Nammo is a world-leading provider of specialty ammunition and rocket motors for both military and civilian customers. Nammo, short for Nordic Ammunition Company, is a Norwegian/Finnish aerospace and defence group specialized in production of ammunition, rocket engines and space applications. The company has subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, and Canada. The company has its headquarters in Raufoss, Norway.