Airtronic USA is the only woman-owned small business manufacturing full weapons for the Department of Defense, including assault rifles, 40mm grenade launchers, and RPG-7 rocket launchers. Since 2003, the Company has been repositioned from a supplier of simple weapon components to a supplier of full weapon systems. Airtronic focuses on the 40mm space because in this area decisions are made on the basis of quality and rapid delivery rather than on lowest price.
In 2005, Airtronic won its first multi-million dollar award for 900,000 M9 pistol magazines. The company designed a fifteen stage progressive die (the fewer times a part is touched by a person, the less chance of a quality issue), and went on to deliver 30,000 M9 magazines/week and completed the contract three months early without a single quality deficiency report. In a newspaper story about theft of US military supplies in Iraq, the Airtronic M9 magazine was on the “most stolen” list.
The success of the M9 magazine award allowed Airtronic to successfully compete for the 40mm awards for M203 grenade launchers. Airtronic won the M203 award (06D0224), the M203A1 award (06D0224), the M203A2 award (07C0173), numerous emergency buys, and most recently the new 5-year, 50,000 FMS award for M203s and M203A2s (10D0173). Airtronic has even developed an attachment system for the AK family of assault rifles, the most ubiquitous weapon in the world. The standard AK grenade launcher has an inaccurate 4” barrel; the new Airtronic design allows a user to attach an M203 grenade launcher with a highly accurate 12” barrel.
With direction from the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate at Quantico and partnering with the Australian Ministry of Defence Department of Science and Technology, Airtronic is helping to integrate a nonlethal capability to the lethal M203 with a system that uses a smart round to adjust velocity and kinetic energy depending on the distance between the operator and the target. SOCOM conducted its own investigation of the system and characterized the design to managing velocity and kinetic energy of the grenade launcher round as “break-through technology.”
Machining the RPG-7 tube from ordnance grade barrel steel helped the Airtronic RPG-7(USA) meet the US military standard of “Safe, Suitable, and Effective.” Airtronic is currently looking into the possibility of manufacturing US made RPG-7 rockets.
Equipping Our Fighting Forces with Advanced, Reliable Small Arms Weapons
Airtronic USA, Inc., Metal Storm and DSTO have collaborated to develop the Managed Lethality Grenade Launcher System (MLGLS). This system attaches to a 40mm M203 less-than lethal grenade launcher and enables it to fire blunt impact and (HEMI) rounds at different muzzle velocities depending on the range to the target.
This results in safer and more effective deployment of non-lethal force over greater ranges, without having to carry a separate weapon or a variety of rounds. The M203 retains its full capabilities to launch conventional lethal 40mm rounds.
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