The Watervliet Arsenal announced today it has won a second multimillion-dollar contract in just the past month to provide weapons systems for the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
The arsenal will provide 600 60-millimeter mortar barrels, which are used mostly by infantry as an indirect fire weapon when a high-angle trajectory is needed to hit enemy troops, materiel and positions. It has a maximum range of about 3,500 meters.
Just last month, the arsenal won a $9.3 million contract to provide 500 60-millimeter mortar bipods for TACOM.
“This multimillion dollar order will add to the Arsenal’s current workload more than 18,000 hours of direct labor,” said Bruce Pienkoski, the Arsenal’s program manager for mortars, in a news release. “Because of the long lead time to procure raw stock steel, we expect to start manufacturing the barrels in February 2014.”
The first barrels are scheduled to leave the arsenal next June and the order should be complete by February 2015.