Non-Standard Ammo Orders for Iraq
June 11/09: Agility Logistics subsidiary Taos Industries Inc. in Huntsville, AL won a $30.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 33,400,938 rounds of “various non standard ammunition” for the Republic of Iraq. Work is to be performed in Huntsville, AL until Oct 29/10. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web, with 3 bids received by the Rock Island Contracting Center in Rock Island, IL (W52P1J-09-C-0026). See also firm release.
Taos has also been contracted by Rock Island to supply “non-standard” ammunition to Afghan Army forces, in the wake of the AEY scandal. In these cases, “non-standard” means non-NATO standard. The Soviet caliber 7.62×39 ammunition used in AK-47 type assault rifles would qualify; Iraq is phasing them out in favor of the American 5.56mm M4 carbine, but Iraqi forces operates some. Likewise, the 7.62x54mm ammunition used in Iraq’s Dragunov sniper rifles and PKM light machine guns is a non-NATO caliber, and hence “non standard.” In Afghanistan, Taos is also supplying 12.7 x 108 mm ammunition for Soviet heavy machine guns, and 70.5mm PG-7VM rocket propelled grenades.