Winchester has been selected by the U.S. Army to produce 6.8 mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cartridges.
Under the terms of the contract, Winchester will manufacture, test and deliver five million 6.8 mm NGSW cartridges.
The NGSW cartridges will be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Mo., the United States’ only government-owned, contractor-operated small-caliber ammunition production facility. Winchester was selected in 2019 as the operating contractor at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. LCAAP began production in 1941 and provides small-caliber military ammunition for both training and combat purposes. The plant, encompassing approximately 4,000 acres, also serves as a national center for ammunition performance and test firing.
A household name for more than 150 years, Winchester is recognized around the world as a beacon of American ingenuity and manufacturing prowess.
“The award of Lake City’s first production order of the 6.8 mm NGSW cartridge represents several years of hard work, dedication and collaboration between Winchester, the U.S. Army and industry partners,” Brett Flaugher, the president of Winchester, said. “The Winchester team is honored to have been entrusted with the opportunity and responsibility of producing the ammunition which will keep our nation safe for years to come.”
Winchester is the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the United States military.
Last November, Winchester landed a U.S. Army cost-plus contract to complete a manufacturing study for tracer projectile production, also for the 6.8 mm NGSW program. That contract specified a dollar amount of $9 million. Before that, in May 2022, the U.S. Army awarded Winchester a $15 million cost-plus contract to design the NGSW ammunition manufacturing facility.
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