The following is a release from John B. Snyder, Watervliet Arsenal Public Affairs:
The Watervliet Arsenal announced this week that it has received a $4.6 million contract to start a new product line for the 81mm mortar system that will help reduce an infantryman’s fatigue and movement time over a cross-country route.
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This next generation of an 81mm mortar bipod is a continuation of the Army’s effort to reduce the weight of small indirect fire systems that are carried by Soldiers, said Laura Pisculli, the arsenal’s supervisor of production planning and control. The arsenal already manufactures a lightweight mortar baseplate and tube.
“This multimillion dollar order will add to the Arsenal’s current workload more than 13,000 hours of direct labor,” Pisculli said. “Because this new product line will require a significant amount of preparation in regards to training and new tooling, our first delivery will not be until 2018.”
The first shipment of the mortar bipods is scheduled to leave the arsenal in March 2018 and the order should be complete by November 2018. Each bipod consists of about 25 close-tolerance, machined parts, and will weigh approximately 22 pounds, as compared …Read the Rest
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