Utah company wins Afghan ammunition contract

Utah company wins Afghan ammunition contract

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An ammunition maker based in Utah has won a multi-year contract to supply bullets, mortars and rockets to Afghanistan's security forces.

ATK Armament Systems of Clearfield will assemble a team of international manufacturers to deliver the ammunition through the U.S. Army in a contract initially worth $105 million.

The company can't make the ammunition itself because Afghan forces use foreign weapons, including Russian-built AK-47s.

With contract extensions, ATK spokeswoman Amanda Covington says the deal could be worth $200 million over three years.

ATK Armament Systems is a division of Minneapolis-based Alliant Techsystems Inc.

The division oversees manufacturing operations in 11 other states.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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