General Dynamics unit wins $35 million Army contract

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A business unit of defense contractor General Dynamics has received a $35 million order to manufacture quick-change machine gun barrel kits.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, based in Charlotte, N.C.,  is a business unit of Falls-Church-based General Dynamics. It will make the quick change barrel conversion kits that allow soldiers to change a machine gun barrel in a few seconds.

The conversion kits will replace parts to modify the M2 heavy barrel machines guns to a M2A1 configuration. 

“The M2A1 features fixed headspace and timing, which eliminates the need to manually calibrate the weapon after each barrel change and reduces exposure time to enemy fire,” Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, said in a statement.  “The M2A1 is an efficient and reliable tool for American warfighters in combat.”

Deliveries will begin in January 2011 and continue through December 2012.

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