Aerojet Ordnance Tennessee (AOT) reached a major production milestone in delivering its eight millionth M67 hand grenade body to Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) for final assembly and delivery to the US Army, the company announced on 14 October.

AOT has been the sole supplier of M67 hand grenade body assemblies to the US government since 2001, producing the device at its Jonesborough, TN plant. The M67 hand grenade is used to supplement small arms fire in close combat. The 2.5in-diameter steel sphere contains 6.5oz of HE.

The company is an industry leader in development and production of specialty metal components for munitions, commercial products and sporting goods. It boasts numerous advanced specialty metal capabilities, including: powder metallurgy, primary metal processing, metal casting, heat treatment, computer-aided machining, forging and swaging. The specialty metal products produced by the company have been proven on the battlefield, on the golf course, in space, in high-performance racing, and in Olympic events.

Eight million M67 grenades produced mean over 1,450 tons of high explosives in the hands of US soldiers. (Photo: Aerojet Rocketdyne)

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