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Grenade Initiation Module (GIM)

U.S. ARMY MANTECH

Improve the current Grenade Initiation Module (GIM) production line, by reducing cost and increasing the production rate and reliability

OBJECTIVE / SOLUTION

Improve the current Grenade Initiation Module (GIM) production line, by reducing cost and increasing the production rate and reliability. The Spider, XM7 Network Command Munition, utilizes a Miniature Grenade Launcher (MGL) for both lethal and non-lethal responses. The Grenade Initiation Module is the electronic initiator for the Miniature Grenade Launcher

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Successfully completed the prove out of new production process
• Successfully transitioned the new production process to the current production line
• Reduced cost, improved yield, increased production rate and reliability

BENEFITS

• Increases the production rate utilizing automated process
• Improves first pass yield (reliability)
• Lowers cost, reduces manpower to run production line

STATUS

• Project has successfully completed the prove out on the new production process
• Process is being used on the current production line
• Successfully achieved the project goals, i.e., increased production rate, improved first pass yield and reduced labor cost

WEAPON SYSTEMS / SECONDARY ITEMS IMPACTED

• XM7 Network Command Munitions (Spider)

POTENTIAL COST AVOIDANCE

• Return on Investment of 3.0 to 1 with a cost benefi t of $3.0M

POC: Army ManTech Manager, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Energetic, Warheads and Environmental Technology Directorate, Building 94, 2nd Floor, ATTN: RDAR-MEM-S, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000

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