The US army comes up with a new target due to be pursued next month. These subjects, unlike military forces’ usual suspects, didn’t violate the law but they are one of the subjects of government for protection i.e. nature and animals. The Department of Defense are in an effort, currently, to develop ammunition that are biodegradable and will eventually transform into plants. Components that don’t biodegrade completely even after a hundred years are contained in the empty shells of ammunition and bullets. During this time, a tree can be a huge line of defense towards natural disasters like climate change effects. This initiative will permit future training and proving grounds that are spread worldwide in becoming a sanctuary for green trees instead of camouflage uniforms and green tanks.
In order to train military to fire bullets loaded with seeds, a solicitation was opened in a program’s website, of Small Business Innovation Research, for Biodegradable Composites accompanied by Embedded Seeds regarding Training Ammunition, in last year, November, which is due for February 8th, this year. To fight against the problems emerging from remnants of waste materials of empty shells of bullets used while training, proposals from business are envisaged by the government for manufacturing bullets comprising of biodegradable components. The current components take more than hundreds of years, in training grounds, for biodegrading along with some risks towards the environment, where these components are left off.
The contractor who wins will join forces with (CRREL) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory of US Army Corps of Engineers. As stated in Proposal, CRREL has already developed and demonstrated bioengineered seeds which only germinate when they touch the ground. Biodegradable composites will be embedded by these seeds. The contractor who wins will go through stages of process development or biodegradable composites production, manufacturing prototypes demonstrating industrial use feasibility and shall generate prototypes for ballistic examinations and the final stage being the coordination amongst contractor, PEO Ammunition and other prime contractors of ammunition to transition towards use of Army training. This Joint effort will revolutionize training rounds making it less hazardous, including the fact that it doesn’t completely eliminate the risks and this ammo still could kill, by growing environmental-friendly plants which remove soil contaminants as well as consume this project’s wastes.