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Black Hills Ammunition, South Dakota, is being awarded a $49.9 million contract with a five-year ordering period for 5.56mm special ball, long range ammunition.

This ammunition is to be issued and deployed in direct support of U.S. Forces engaged in combat involving the war on terror in various overseas operations This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a US DoD release said.

Work will be performed in Rapid City, South Dakota, and is expected to be completed by September 2022. Foreign military sales contract funds in the amount of $3,540,255 will be obligated at the time of contract award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Special ball 5.56mm ammunition is used in assault rifles in close combat situations as also in some sniper rifles.

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