Product Manager Medium Caliber(PdM MC) is responsible for life cycle management to include research, development, production, fielding, testing, industrial base and environmental impacts for direct fire medium and cannon caliber ammunition ( 25mm, 30mm and 40mm, L60) for Army aviation and ground combat systems, Navy ship and aviation platforms, Marine Corps vehicle and aviation platforms, Air Force aviation platforms and SOCOM aviation platforms.
Army platforms supported include the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Apache and Blackhawk Helicopters, the Ground Combat Vehicle as well as the largest Army small business set-aside program, the 40mm Grenade portfolio and specialty systems, e.g. Counter-Rocket and Mortar (C-RAM) 20mm system. PM MC is working closely with PM Soldier Weapons’ XM-25, 25mm weapons system program, to field the production of 4 new cartridges with starts in FY12. This program is expected to grow to over $100M per year in annual procurement.
The 30mm family of ammunition provides essential capabilities for Ground Combat Vehicles (GCVs), Infantry Combat Vehicles (IFVs) and Reconnaissance and Surveillance vehicles. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and SOCOM aviation and dismounted platforms include the F-15/16/22, F/A-18, AH-1, A-10, AC-130, Joint Strike Fighter, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), or successor.
PdM MC shapes the organic and commercial industrial base for medium caliber ammunition in response to changing requirements. Recently the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) identified new requirement for 40mm L60 ammunition used on the AC130 Spectra Gunships and requested PD MC to lead the program. (The L60 has not been produced since the 1950s.)
PdM MC is also working on several R&D improvements to 30mm and 40mm cartridges. PdM MC affects technology base priorities through coordination with Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) subordinate centers and coordinates with Security Assistance for Foreign Military Sales (FMS).