On March 5th, the US Army announced a significant step toward modernizing its ammunition production capabilities.

The Heartbeat of Missouri Gets a New Beat

In the heart of Independence, Missouri, something big’s happening at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) – a hefty nod from Uncle Sam to Olin Winchester, the folks keeping the gears turning there.

They’ve got the green light to build a beast of a facility dedicated to cranking out rounds for the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW).

The NGSW program is a major modernization initiative to replace existing infantry rifles and light machine guns.

NGSW fire test
Soldier fire test Army’s NGSW early this year. (Image source: DVIDS)

Currently, soldiers rely on the M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, which utilize 5.56mm ammunition.

This program seeks to upgrade both the weapon platform and ammunition, which were developed to chamber a new, more powerful 6.8mm cartridge.

According to reports, this will offer increased range and lethality against adversaries potentially equipped with advanced body armor.

A Commitment to Cutting-Edge Firepower

Major General John T. Reim, the big gun at the Joint Program Executive Office for Armaments and Ammunition, put it straight that this move’s all about keeping our warriors at the sharp end with the kind of firepower that’ll make the opposition think twice.