“Thales Australia is developing a new family of high-lethality small arms ammunition, including a 5.56 mm round [not shown] that the company says outperforms 7.62 mm ammunition [shown] at all ranges,” janes.com reports. “The so-called F9 technology is scalable in calibre, from 4.6 mm up to .50 calibre, and is being developed in collaboration with an undisclosed overseas partner, Graham Evenden, Thales Australia’s Director of Integrated Soldier Systems, told IHS Jane’s on 20 August. The initial focus is on 5.56 mm ammunition. Trial batches use a projectile developed by the overseas company, low toxicity, optimised propellant from the Thales-operated Mulwala propellant and explosives plant in southern New South Wales, and cases produced at the Thales-owned Benalla munitions facility in northern Victoria.” Spock! Analysis!