Northrop Grumman ends production of depleted uranium tank ammunition

Northrop Grumman The Corporation has officially completed the M829A4 production contract, discontinuing depleted uranium ammunition as it prepares for ammunition to redefine armored warfare.

Defense player Northrop Grumman has officially ended production of the 120mm M829A4 cartridge, marking the end of depleted uranium tank ammunition. This move is part of the company’s strategic realignment towards advanced ammunition technologies and the pursuit of solutions for modern battlefield challenges.

The M829A4, a link in the Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement program, was designed to counter third-generation explosive reactive armor on threat vehicles. However, the company clarified that it will no longer produce munitions with depleted uranium warheads.

Commenting on the closure of the current production contract, Jarrod Krull, Director of Media Relations for Northrop Grumman, said: “Ceasing the production of depleted uranium munitions is in line with our long-term approach. We are adapting to the changing landscape of warfare by focusing on advanced munitions that enhance accuracy and address emerging threats.”

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While the M829A4’s role in tank warfare is significant, Northrop Grumman emphasizes its commitment to developing next-generation technologies.

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Dave Fine, vice president and general manager of Armament Systems at Northrop Grumman, expressed the company’s commitment: “The successful completion of the M829A4 marks a milestone, but our focus extends beyond that. We are actively working on the advanced M1147 120mm multipurpose cartridge, a ‘smart round’ that will replace multiple existing rounds.”

In response to questions about the specifics of the depleted uranium penetrator, Krull clarified: “Currently, we do not produce munitions containing depleted uranium warheads. The M829A4’s depleted uranium penetrator is supplied via L3 Harris / Aerojet under contract from the US military”.

As the defense industry adapts to emerging threats, Northrop Grumman is focused on creating munitions that include air burst, proximity and guided munitions.

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