Winchester to Manufacture NGSW Ammunition for U.S. Army under New Contract

07 Aug 2023

Winchester, a leading manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. military, revealed that it had secured a significant contract from the U.S. Army. 

Under this contract, Winchester would undertake the manufacturing, testing, and delivery of an impressive quantity of 5 million 6.8 mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cartridges.

According to data insights from BIS Research, the global small caliber ammunition market is expected to reach $15.67 billion by 2033 from $8.52 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.69% during the forecast period 2023-2033.

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The production of the NGSW cartridges would take place at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) located in Independence, Missouri. LCAAP holds a unique distinction as the sole government-owned, contractor-operated facility responsible for small-caliber ammunition production within the U.S. This facility's advanced infrastructure and Winchester's proficiency in ammunition manufacturing work together effectively to fulfill the contract requirements.

Moreover, in November 2022, Winchester Ammunition also secured an additional contract to manufacture 6.8 mm tracer ammunition for the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Winchester a $9 million manufacturing study contract, enabling them to explore the production of tracer projectiles for the Army's new 6.8 mm Common Cartridge. The study aimed to adapt prototype tracer technology for mass production, ensuring its availability for field use.

Brett Flaugher, the President of Winchester, said in a press release, “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. He added, “The Winchester team is honored to have been entrusted with the opportunity and responsibility of producing the ammunition that will keep our nation safe for years to come.”

In the queue of such events, other startups are increasingly investing in small-caliber ammunitions after realizing the potential of the industry. 
For instance, in April 2023, Black Sheep Ammunition, a new small-caliber ammunition manufacturing company, announced plans to invest $2.9 million in constructing a production facility in Union, Missouri.

Winchester's contract award from the U.S. Army to produce small-caliber ammunition reinforces Winchester's position as a trusted supplier of ammunition to the U.S. military, underscoring their commitment to national defense and the safety of the nation.

Moreover, the rising global military expenditure, ongoing modernization programs, and geopolitical tensions are likely to drive the demand for small-caliber ammunition in the defense sector. 

Advancements in ammunition technology, such as improved accuracy, reduced recoil, and enhanced terminal performance, will continue to influence market growth. Moreover, the increasing focus on lightweight and compact ammunition solutions to enhance soldier mobility and effectiveness will shape the future landscape of the small-caliber ammunition market.

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