Lethality of Future Small Arms Ammunition


U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Hailey Bivens

U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Hailey Bivens

Posted: May 28, 2020 | Completed: February 12, 2020
What materials or design features can improve the lethality of future small arms ammunition?

DSIAC was tasked with determining and summarizing research being done with materials and/or design features to improve the lethality of future small arms ammunition. DSIAC performed searches within the Defense Technical Information Center Research and Engineering Gateway and other sources, though very little information was found in the unclassified domain. DSIAC contacted subject matter experts (SMEs), presenters from the most recent National Defense Industrial Association armament systems forums, and authors of relevant open-source articles.  They also contacted SMEs from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane and facilitated connections to the inquirer for further discussion.