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M973/M974 7.62mm SRTA, SRTA-T

The SRTA/SRTA-T is designed to be ballistically comparable to the M80 Ball/M62 Tracer out to 100 meters, with a maximum range of 600 meters. The SRTA/SRTA-T can be used to conduct live-fire training on training scaled ranges, basic (10 meter) marksmanship bipod/tripod zeroing, practice, and record fire in range restricted areas. The SRTA/SRTA-T can be fired in the M60 Machine Gun with no ancillary hardware or adaptors allowing the training effect within 100 meters to be identical to that obtained currently with service ammunition.

The Performance Specification for the SRTA/SRTA-T was Type Classified Generic in March 1993. A Foreign Comparative Test program is currently ongoing with Type Classification Standard the SRTA/SRTA-T scheduled for the end of 1998.

The Army continues to support the realization of low-cost, efficient training that provides a capability (5.56mm through Cal .50) to significantly enhance unit proficiencies in the small arms arena. Using the appropriate combination of NDI assessment, and developmental opportunities, small caliber training ammunition programs/acquisitions are in-step with the Army’s needs to train better and smarter. The generic use of Performance Specification Acquisition strategies have, in most cases, resulted in lower unit costs compared to the corresponding combat rounds. There are, however, additional operational and support cost savings and training enhancements realized by the short and limited range capabilities of these cartridges. Units are now able to train at nearby locations, accruing savings in terms of fuel, troop support, and billeting while increasing the opportunity to train effectively.


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