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13--BLENDED METAL PROJECTILE

Solicitation Number: N0016404R4846
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Sea Systems Command
Location: NSWC Crane Division
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N0016404R4846
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Sources Sought
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Added: September 17, 2004
MARKET SURVEY – SOURCES SOUGHT SYNOPSIS: The Government is issuing this sources-sought announcement as part of a market survey for the Blended Metal Technology Integrated Product Team (BMT/IPT) to gain preliminary market research information into the availability and capability of existing blended metal technology in relationship to the manufacture of small arms ammunition projectiles. The results of this sources sought will be used in potential future research and development efforts to enhance small arms ammunition external ballistic performance by the incorporation of blended metal technology projectiles. A description of Blended Metal Technology Projectiles is outlined below: 1.0 Background 1.1 Conventional lead core, full metal jacket rifle projectiles, such as those used by the US military, consists of a gilding metal jacket and a lead core. The gilding metal used in the jacket typically consists of cupronickel, cupro-zinc, cupro-tin or in some cases pure copper. The projectile core is not pure lead. The core typically consists of lead mixed with antimony or tin. The hardness and brittleness of the lead core is controlled by the amount of antimony or tin added. The lead used in the core is melted and the desired amount of antimony or tin is added to the molten lead. 1.2 The intent of this document is not to provide a total list of all metals used to form a conventional FMI projectile. This description is given with the intent to provide a brief explanation of what is considered a typically lead FMI projectile. With the description of a typical FMI projectile established, we can establish what the blended metal technology integrated product team considers a “blended metal technology” projectile. 2.0 Blended Metal Technology Projectile 2.1 Within the past 10-15 years, many different manufacturers have developed projectiles which utilize cores manufactured with materials other than lead, using processes other than melting. The base metals used in these formulations are usually a very fine powder. Copper, tungsten, and brass are examples of some of the base powdered metals used to date. These powdered metals are mixed with a binder such as tin, zinc, or a polymer such as nylon. Once the powdered metal(s) and binder(s) are mixed, they are pressed or molded into the final projectile core form, and in some cases sintered. 2.2 The description of a blended metal technology projectile would then be any projectile manufactured from a mix of powdered metals and binders which are blended and then pressed or molded into the desired form or shape. This document does not intend to specify or in any way limit the manufacturing process or materials used. The intent of this document is simply to describe what the blended metal technology integrated product team considers to be the technical description of a blended metal technology small arms projectile, as opposed to a conventional FMI lead core projectile. The results of this sources sought announcement will be compiled into a database of potential sources for test sample quantity procurements. Test samples will be evaluated against existing projectile exterior ballistic performance (accuracy, hard target penetration, terminal performance), compatibility with gun lubricants, solvents, and insect repellant, temperature stability. This sources sought synopsis does not constitute an Invitation for Bids (IFB), a Request for Quote (RFQ), or a Request for Proposal (RFP) and it should not be construed as a commitment of any kind by the Government to issue a formal solicit! ation or ultimately award a contract. The U.S. Government is in no way liable to pay for or reimburse any companies or entities that respond to this announcement. Any costs incurred by interested companies in response to this announcement will NOT be reimbursed. All information marked as proprietary information will be safeguarded to prevent disclosures to non-government personnel and entities. All interested sources are encouraged to submit information to NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane by close of business 18 October 2004. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Ms. Stacy McAtee, Code 1162, Bldg. 2521, NAVSURFWARCENDIV, Crane, IN 47522, telephone (812) 854-1988, or e-mail stacy.mcatee@navy.mil.
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STACY MCATEE 812-854-1988

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