BAE Systems can produce over one million rounds per day of Small Arms Ammunition in 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO calibres including ball, tracer and blank natures. Packaging configurations include carton, link and clip to suit operational and training requirements.
Having provided nearly all of the British Army’s requirements since 1940, we are trusted to provide high volumes of precision rounds that soldiers know they can rely on. Our long-term contract with the UK Ministry of Defence gives our business a solid and sustainable base.
Performance guaranteed at every stage
NATO's precision reference ammunition
Our new 7.62mm High Performance (HP) round, now available for export
BAE Systems' full range of Small Arms Ammunition
Enhanced Performance (EP) Ball
This is our newest 5.56mm round, delivering enhanced penetration range and lethality. It is compatible with all 5.56mm NATO weapons and has removed all lead from the bullet itself. This provides massively increased firepower from your existing weapons.
We supply this nature of NATO-qualified ammunition to Armed Forces throughout the world. The calibre has become the preferred choice for light assault weapons due to the exceptional accuracy, high rate of fire and light weight. Known as the SS109, the bullet is constructed of a hardened steel tip and lead core.
This provides a highly accurate ballistic trace for assault rifles and fully-automatic belt-fed weapons. It is most commonly used in 1-to-4 or 1-to-1 ratios and is highly visible in both day and night. It also features muzzle tracer suppression to make it harder to detect the shooter’s location.
Blank training ammunition can be supplied in a variety of configurations to suit customer requirements. When used with a Blank Firing Attachment it will function with all NATO standard weapons with a consistent and sustained rate of fire to emulate realistic battlefield conditions.
The original 5.56mm Ball bullet, the M193, is based on a traditional lead-cored design. The lighter 55gr bullet is favoured by some Armed Forces depending on their choice of assault rifle and is available with the same packaging option as the standard ball round, working in conditions ranging from arid desert to sub-zero arctic temperatures.
High Performance (HP) Ball
Our premier 7.62mm HP round gives superior range, accuracy and firepower. It is available in a variety of configurations to suit assault rifles, machine guns or rotary fire weapons.
This NATO-qualified Ball ammunition has been made and continually updated at Radway Green since its introduction in the 1950s, keeping it at the forefront of Small Arms Ammunition through to the present day. It is used extensively throughout NATO countries and fitted to land, sea and air-based vehicles, providing a machine gun capability with exceptional accuracy, consistency and reliability.
Used in conjunction with linked Ball or HP, the 7.62mm Tracer is ballistically matched to each nature to provide accurate tracing capability. We are also producing an Infra Red version of the Tracer in order to limit visibility to soldiers equipped with night sights.
Blank ammunition makes up a large proportion of all the ammunition we provide, given its consistent use in providing a realistic battlefield in training exercises throughout the world. Used with the Blank Firing Attachment, it can be used in all automatic weapons to provide safe training scenarios in both open and urban settings.