Taiwan replenishing US 5.56 ammunition stocks

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Taiwan is to ship one billion 5.56mm bullets to the US over the next five years. Interesting.

62 grains x 1 billion = 4017.53 tonnes of lead and copper being shipped approx. 7000 miles to the US then flown(?) another 7000 miles to the middle east!

I bet China is not liking this.

Taiwan has shipped one billion rifle bullets to the United States for NT$560 million in a rare arms sale to the United States, it was reported yesterday.
The 5.56 mm bullets are mainly used to replenish supplies which have run low after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Taipei-based China Times reported, citing a military source.

Taiwan’s defence ministry last year beat off competition from the likes of Singapore and South Korea to win the five-year contract from a U.S. military subcontractor, it was reported.

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  • JMD JMD on Feb 08, 2013

    I actually ended up with a pile of Taiwanese 5.56 NATO brass a while back. It seems to be decent quality.