Orbital ATK, a global leader in the development and production of medium and large caliber ammunition, exhibits its recent developments and current R&D projects at FIDAE. For example the 30mm, MK310 PABM-T (programmable air burst munition with tracer) which already is in service with international customers. The MK310 is designed for use with the company’s MK44 BUSHMASTER chain gun, using a turns and times counting fuzing that according to Orbital ATK provides highly reliable burst point accuracy. The round is equipped with an inductive fuze setter that is easily integrated into new MK44 cannons and platforms or as an upgrade to existing systems. Furthermore, the company recently developed the 120mm KET (Kinetic Energy Tungsten) tank cartridge and announced that it has approval for international sales.
Orbital ATK at its FIDAE booth also showcases its current development project of a suite of 40mm ammunition to support a system approach (gun and ammunition specifically paired for optimal performance) for the company’s MK44 BUSHMASTER chain gun in its 40mm configuration – also known as the MK44 ‘Stretch.’ The ammunition suite consists of TP-T (target practice with tracer), HEI-T (high explosive incendiary with tracer), and APFSDS-T (armour piercing fin stabilised discarding sabot with tracer).