Case story behind the LWAC
In early 2010, Jan Engmann the CEO and founder of PPD (and inventor of the LWAC), introduced the first ideas of replacing the ageing steel M2A1 ammunition. He was met skepticism and criticism from virtually any entity he approached. The idea of creating ammunition containers in plastics to be used in theater was unheard of and considered impossible. Nevertheless, his search for sponsors continued and in 2011, NAMMO®, one of the largest ammunition manufactures in the world, agreed to participate in the project as part of the offset obligations they had towards Denmark. A contract of 273 million Danish kroner was signed to begin the development of replacing the M2A1 steel ammo box.
The following years was spent creating, developing, analyzing material compositions and features that could be incorporated in the box to increase chances of success. After 4 years and several prototypes and test, the replacement for the M2A1 was brought to test in Norway.
The LWAC® (Light Weight Ammunition Cases) reduces the weight by nearly 70%, introduces RFID tags for logistics purposes, low noise handling, increased stacking capabilities and much more.
For days on end, tests are conducted at the Bofors Test range in Sweden with results being presented immediately from their engineers and team of experts in the environmental test department. Test results are conclusive and impressive, the M2A1 replacement is better and more capable than the aging steel competition.
General company information
PPD is an innovative Danish company, serving the defence industry and specializing in the development and production of lightweight packaging solutions for military transportation, handling and storage of hazardous, high valuable and fragile goods according to military requirements.