Another Burst of 40mm Grenade Contracts (updated)
The U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, IL recently issued a series of firm-fixed-price contracts for work related to 40mm grenade production. This is a popular ammunition choice used in everything from one-shot M203 launchers slung under infantry rifles, to deadly multiple-shot launchers like Milkor’s M-32, infantry/ light vehicle heavy weapons like the Mk 19 GMG, and even Cornershot’s innovative “round the corner” firing technology.
Recent contracts have totalled over $187.7 million, and included:
A pair of contracts covering “projectile assemblies” that are part of the M918 target practice 40mm grenade cartridge for the Mk19 belt-fed heavy weapon. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Dec. 9, 2005, and three bids were received. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2007, and these awards went to a pair of small business qualifiers:
- JKS Industries Inc. of Mulberry, FL won a $24.1 million contract (W52P1J-06-C-0017).
- Elite CNC Machining of Largo, FL won a $23 million contract (W52P1J-06-C-0018).
AFSC also awarded a pair of modifications to a firm-fixed-price contract for production of M385A1 (Mk19 practice), M918 (Mk19 practice), M430A1 (Mk19 HEDP), M433 (M203 HEDP), M583A1 (M203 Star flare parachute round), and M781 (M203 practice) 40mm ammunition. These were sole source contracts initiated on April 11, 2004, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2010. Both of these award winners were also small business qualifiers:
- AMTEC Corp. of Janesville, WI, received a $78.5 million modification (W52P1J-05-C-0030).
- DSE Inc. of Tampa, FL received a $62.1 million modification (W52P1J-05-C-0036).