General Dynamics Awarded $8 Million for F/A-18E/F Gun Systems
April 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C.– General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $7.8 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for production of more than 20 F/A-18 E/F 20mm gun systems for the Super Hornet fighter aircraft.
The F/A-18 E/F gun system is composedof a lightweight, six-barrel 20mm M61A2 Gatling gun equipped with a closed-looprotary linkless feed system. The system has a maximum firing rate of up to 6,000 shots per minute and serves as the aircraft's last line of defense inclose-in aerial engagements.
“General Dynamics hassuccessfully produced the weapon system for the F/A-18 for more than 25 years,”said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems forGeneral Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The M61A2 F/A-18 gun system continuesto be relevant, affordable and extremely effective.”
The program will be managed from theGeneral Dynamics Technology Center in Williston, Vt. Production work will be completed at theGeneral Dynamics facility in Saco, Maine, which employs more than 400 people.
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