CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, on June 7 was awarded a $23.5 million contract from the U.S. government for production of the MK47 MOD 0 Weapon System, a lightweight 40mm grenade launcher. The award is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with a total potential value of $82 million.
The MK47, also known as STRIKER40, is a lightweight grenade launcher capable of firing airbursting munitions. Its integrated Fire Control system provides a decisive technological advantage over enemy forces equipped with older crew-served weapons.
Work will be completed at General Dynamics' facility in Saco, Maine. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon (Dallas, Texas/Forest, Miss.) to build the Lightweight Video System (LVS) Fire Control. Program administration will be conducted at General Dynamics' Vermont-based Burlington Technology Center.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance armament systems; a full range of advanced composite-based products; biological and chemical detection systems; and mobile shelter systems.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 72,700 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.