American Ordnance LLC (AO) is like the superhero of military ammunition production! This dynamic company ensures that the United States military has access to the best ordinance on the battlefield. AO is all about production process improvement, which means they’re always looking for ways to make the production of military ammunition more efficient and effective.

What does American Ordnance Produce?

the m430 grenade box after process improvement

So what exactly do they produce? Well, buckle up because this is where it gets fascinating. American Ordnance makes many ordinances, like the M430, M918, M385, and the Mixed-Belt. Their capabilities include Test Fire Ranges, Ammunition Production for Indirect Fire like Stinger Warheads, and Direct Fire like the M467, or the M865. But one of their most impressive feats is the M430 40mm grenade. This little guy packs a big punch, and AO continually works to ensure the grenades perform to the highest standards possible.

In short, American Ordnance LLC is the unsung hero of the battlefield, always working behind the scenes to ensure the troops have what they need to get the job done.

About the M430 40mm Grenade

Ah, the M430 40 mm grenade, what a fascinating little firecracker! This round packs a punch like no other, and it’s versatile as all get-out! You can launch it from a single-shot light launcher, or if you’re feeling adventurous, mount it on a machine gun and shoot 350 rounds per minute! Imagine the firepower that could bring to a battlefield.

the M430 launcher after process improvement

But wait, there’s more! This grenade isn’t just a one-trick pony. With a range of up to 1600 meters, it can take down infantry and even light armored vehicles. That’s right, and it can penetrate a whopping 2 inches of armor! It’s like a tiny armor-busting powerhouse, just waiting to make a significant impact.

M430 Delivery System

The delivery systems for the M430 are top-notch too, like the MK19, or M433HEDP. The MK19 machine gun is light, with low recoil, making it the perfect choice for small vehicles, boats, or light tactical combat units against static targets such as bunkers, armored vehicles, tanks, and masonry. All military branches have employed this round, along with many countries around the world and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the ultimate all-rounder, ready to take on whatever challenges come.

ukraine military war effort with m430 grenades

Use in the 2022 Ukraine Russia Warthe MK19 machine gun

According to Dylan Malyasov, from the Defense Blog, “on January 28, 2023, hundreds of MK19 machine guns were delivered to Ukraine in one day” for the war effort against the Russian invasion. The MK19 combined with an inexpensive spotter drone, provides an effective tool in the war. They fire a few shots and use the drone to correct the aiming.

Drones even carry the versatile m430 grenade. See the footage of an M430 grenade setting a  tank on fire

M430 Production Line

Ah, the good old grenade production line! Where machines and human hands come together to create the ultimate tool for making a loud noise and sending bits of metal flying in every direction.

You see, my friend, the production of these little bombs is a well-oiled machine, with automated equipment doing most of the heavy lifting and some clever folks checking in to ensure everything is running smoothly. But let’s focus on one particular aspect of the production process, shall we?

Enter the indexing table, a workhorse of a machine that moves the products through ten stations of the index