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ATK, Mauser, Oerlikon Sign Agreement for U.S. Production of Medium Caliber Ammunition for Marine Corps Assault Vehicle



WASHINGTON--- ATK (Alliant Techsystems), Mauser, and Oerlikon said they have signed an agreement that will lead to the licensing of 30mm ammunition developed by the Mauser-Oerlikon team for U.S. production by ATK's Conventional Munitions business segment.
The Mauser-Oerlikon team currently is executing a Foreign Comparative Test Program contract with the U.S. Marine Corps for the Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot-Traced (APFSDS-T) ammunition, which is to be used on the Marine Corps' new Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
"The Mauser-Oerlikon round has been demonstrated to be highly effective against armored targets,'' said Michael McCann, director of medium caliber and tank ammunition programs for ATK's Conventional Munitions business segment. "This agreement will add an important new product to our broad portfolio of medium caliber ammunition.''
McCann said the agreement continues a long-standing relationship between three of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of ammunition. ATK, Mauser, and Oerlikon, together with Boeing, also are in partnership on Team 35/50, which was established in 1997 to market a 35mm/50mm armament system for future infantry fighting vehicles.
Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Waffensysteme GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rheinmetall DeTec AG, Ratingen, Germany, is a proven leader in high-technology defense engineering. Within the Rheinmetall Group of companies, Mauser is the center of excellence for the development and manufacture of medium caliber automatic cannons, weapon systems, and ammunition.
Oerlikon-Contraves, an internationally diversified company, is the world leader in low-level air defense, including state-of-the-art guns and ammunition in the 20mm to 35mm caliber range, advanced fire control equipment for a variety of land and naval applications, as well as corresponding simulation and training equipment. Oerlikon-Contraves' supplies major products, such as the 35mm AHEAD air defense systems, missile systems, naval weapon systems, advanced ammunition, combat effectiveness improvement kits, and simulation equipment.
ATK is a $1.1 billion aerospace and defense company with leading market positions in munitions, solid propulsion, composite structures, and precision electronic fuzes. The company, which is headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., employs approximately 5,600 people and has three business segments: Conventional Munitions, Aerospace, and Defense Systems.

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ATK, Mauser, Oerlikon Sign Agreement for U.S. Production of Medium Caliber Ammunition for Marine Corps Assault Vehicle