Ammunition containers for storage and transport may take a variety of forms. They may be designed to hold single or multiple rounds of a specific caliber or type, ranging from small arms ammunition up to larger explosive munitions for artillery, armored vehicles and aircraft.
Military Ammunition Storage Containers
Ammunition storage containers may be made of a variety of materials, including metal, low-cost plastics, and high-impact polymers and composites. Larger military cargo containers are also available that hold multiple smaller containers, and these can be constructed from wirebound plywood or other types of wood, or metal. Munitions containers may be designed to be stacked or palletized.
Ammunition containers may be equipped with a range of different measures for environmental protection. One of the simplest of these is a rubber gasket in the lid to provide ingress protection against water, dust and sand, and salt fog or spray. Containers may also be designed to be resistant to corrosion, extremes of temperature, shock and vibration, UV radiation, fuels and chemicals, and other environmental conditions. They may also require a certain degree of longevity in storage or field conditions.
Containers may also offer additional safety features in case of fires or unwanted detonation. They may be designed to allow gasses from combustion to escape while containing any fragments.
Some modern munitions such as missiles and guided munitions include electronic components. Packaging for these must therefore be ruggedized not only against extra impact but also electromagnetic interference (EMI). Packaging inserts made of closed cell or other types of foam may be used to cushion the munitions against impact.
Military shipping and storage containers for weapons and ammunition may need to be manufactured to specific standards, including UK Ministry of Defence DEF-STAN, US Department of Defense MIL-SPEC, or NATO specifications.