Winchester Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Contract for Frangible 9mm Ammo

    A Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), pulls security while conducting room clearing and close quarters battle training. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

    Winchester Ammunition have confirmed that they have been awarded a substantial $38 million contract to provide frangible 9mm ammunition for close-quarter battle and indoor/outdoor CQB training. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract awarded by the Department of Defense, on behalf of NSWC Crane, also has the option of of an expansion up to a value of just over $62 million.

    Here’s the Department of Defense’s award notice:

    Olin Winchester LLC, East Alton, Illinois, is awarded a $37,980,972 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of 9mm frangible ammunition.  Work will be performed in Oxford, Mississippi (99%); and East Alton, Illinois (1%).  This procurement is for the manufacturing, testing, inspection, packaging and delivery of Department of Defense Identification Code AA16, 9mm frangible ammunition.  This ammunition will be used for close-quarter battle (CQB) combat and indoor/outdoor CQB training.  Work is expected to be complete by March 2025.  This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $62,060,491.  If all options are exercised, work will continue through March 2028.  Fiscal 2020 ammunition procurement (Navy and Marine Corps) funding in the amount of $375,291 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with seven offers received.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-20-D-JN76).

    The contract was awarded on 26 March, but Winchester Ammunition have only recently announced the contract.

    Spec for Winchester’s 9mm Frangible (Winchester Ammunition)

    Here’s what Winchester have to say about the DoD contract award:

    EAST ALTON, Ill. — Winchester® Ammunition has recently been selected for a $38 million contract, this time by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The selected 9mm frangible ammunition will be used for close-quarter battle (CQB) combat and indoor/outdoor CQB training.

    “This is another opportunity for Winchester to demonstrate its leadership in support of the U.S. Warfighter,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition.

    Winchester is the world leader in the development, production and supply of advanced, high-performance small caliber ammunition. Winchester is the largest supplier of certified U.S. mil spec small caliber ammunition to the U.S. military and will assume full operational control of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in October 2020. Lake City is the largest small caliber ammunition military production facility in the U.S.

    Since World War I, Winchester has been the U.S. Army’s largest commercial supplier of small caliber ammunition and has met the needs of law enforcement and U.S. armed forces with decades of support at the highest levels.

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