The Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) purchases cartridges in caliber 5.56 x 45 mm and 9 x 19 mm in order to supply the Military Police Corps (PM) with this material and to reinforce the National Guard, the elements of which come mainly from the ranks of the PM .
SEDENA is therefore resuming the public tendering process initiated in October 2020 for the purchase of these lots, which did not materialize because the companies invited to bid did not meet the requirements for the delivery time of the cartridges 180 days after the contract was signed.
The Secretariat aims to acquire a batch of 17 million cartridges caliber 5.56 x 45 mm Bullet SS-109 for the FX-05 Xiuhcoatl rifles nationally manufactured and a further batch of ammunition caliber 9 x 19 mm FMJ for Sig Sauer small arms is equipped with the assault rifles GN and MP5-H & K.
The purchase amount calculated by the National Defense is 285.6 million pesos (11.5 million euros); separately, the purchase of the cartridges is estimated at 172.5 million pesos for the batch of ammunition caliber 5.56 x 45 millimeters and 73.7 million pesos for 12 million ammunition caliber 9 x 19 millimeters.
The original tender was launched in October last year, but did not materialize and was repeated a few weeks ago by SEDENA, in principle 33 companies being asked for an offer in order to determine affordable prices. Six companies responded to the requested offer: the Chinese manufacturer Norinco North Industries Corp; United States International Business Group LLC; Industrias Tecnos SA de CV (Aguila Ammunition) in Mexico; Atlas America Group LLC; North American steel Hunter Latam Buying Group Corp. (based in Miami, Florida) and Essex International Trading Inc.
Of these companies, Norinco, Stahl and Essex failed to meet the delivery deadlines set by SEDENA, so their proposals were rejected by the Mexican Army. The three remaining companies were on the list of those who were able to supply the Mexican army with 29.5 million cartridges, as they met the requirements for delivery times and the technical requirements for the cartridge type of the SEDENA and the National Guard from the start.
The Mexican Army requires that the cartridges of caliber 5.56 x 45 mm be equipped with an FMJ warhead bullet with a steel and lead core. Bullet jacket made of brass 90/10, bullet length 22.24 to 23.00 millimeters, with Bxer type capsule and ammunition length of 56.70 millimeters to 57.40 millimeters. The average speed of the ammunition should be 920 + – 18 meters per second.
For cartridges of caliber 9 x 19 mm, the warhead projectile must be FMJ with a lead core, the projectile jacket must be 90/10, the weight of the projectile must be 8.03 grams + – 0.04 (124 grains), in a capsule of the type Bxer with an ammunition length of 29.25 to 29 millimeters and an average speed of 337 + – meters per second.
SEDENA manufactures cartridges with a caliber of 5.56 x 45 mm in the Industria Militar plant. However, the ongoing move to the state of Puebla has delayed production of several products, including cartridges for light weapons.
In its explanation and justification for the purchase of the 29.5 million cartridges, SEDENA points out that these are necessary due to the creation and reorganization of operating units of this armed institute and that there is no availability for the delivery of cartridges in the General Warehouses (Santa ) gives Luca, State of Mexico)
SEDENA confirms in the technical details of the tender that the General Directorate for the Military Industry is not in a position to produce the amount of ammunition at the required time. The Mexican Army currently has 214,157 elements. In its structure there are 12 military police brigades (each made up of just over 3,000 elements), one for each military region. In April 20202 the National Guard received 50 Sig Sauer caliber 9 mm pistols and put a crew of 1,212 Cheyenne pickups into operation for their then 70,000 soldiers. Today the company has 96,000 items in 155 territorial coordinations in different parts of the country. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)
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