Winchester has been selected by the U.S. Army as the second-source provider for small-caliber rifle ammunition. This most recent contract is for 5.56 NATO, 7.62 NATO and .50-cal. cartridges with an initial order value of $37 million. This is the third consecutive second-source contract Olin Winchester has received.
“Winning this contract, combined with being selected as the operating contractor at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, solidifies Winchester’s position supplying small-caliber ammunition to the U.S. military,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester.
The company is a world leader in the development, production and supply of advanced, high-performance small-caliber ammunition. 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.
“Winchester has proven time and again that we can meet and exceed the exacting standards required by our military customers,” said Kevin Noonan, Winchester’s director of military programs and strategy. “The reason you see Winchester continue to win these contracts is because we are delivering quality, cost-effective products on time.”
The company is the largest small-caliber ammunition enterprise in the world and a leader in delivering innovative ammunition products to hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and the U.S. Warfighter. Late last year, Winchester Ammunition began its contractor role at the U.S. Army Lake City Ammunition Plant, and by Oct. 13, its first truckloads of 5.56 NATO and .50 BMG were on their way to the U.S. military.
“This is an important milestone for Winchester, our first shipment to the U.S. government after just assuming management and operational control of Lake City,” Flaugher said at the time about the efficient changeover. “Our ability to execute through this transition process and make our first delivery within two weeks is a testament to our dedicated work force.”