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General Dynamics - 20mm Ammunition Order

General Dynamics : 20 April, 2007  (Company News)
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received multiple contract option awards totaling $22 million for 20mm ammunition from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Under these awards, General Dynamics will deliver ammunition in the following configurations: the PGU 27 A/B TP Bulk Pack; the PGU 27 A/B TP and the PGU 30 A/B TP-T Functional Pack; the PGU 28 A/B SAPHEI combat round; and the M940 MPT-SD combat round.
The U.S. Air Force and Navy use the 20mm PGU 27 A/B Training Practice (TP) ammunition, ballistically matched to the PGU 28 A/B combat cartridge, as an essential training solution for the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft. The traced PGU 30 A/B, linked 1-to-4 with the PGU 27 A/B, provides an illuminated signature that allows the gunner to visually track the round to the target.

The PGU 28 A/B Semi-Armor Piercing High Explosive Incendiary (SAPHEI) combat cartridge has a pyrotechnically initiated fuze that provides a slight delay, allowing for target penetration to ensure maximum lethality and combat effectiveness. Historically used by the Navy and Marine Corps, the Air Force has also recently begun using the PGU 28 A/B in combat missions.

The M940 Multi-Purpose Traced Self-Destruct (MPT-SD) combat round is qualified on the Phalanx MK 15 Block 1B and Vulcan gun systems and is extremely effective against lightly armored vehicles and airborne targets. Used with the ground-based Phalanx, the M940's accuracy and ability to penetrate the target prior to detonation provides intercept and destruction of incoming enemy rockets, artillery and mortars out to 2,000 meters. Its self destruct feature ensures the M940 avoids collateral damage.

Contract management and load, assembly and pack operations under these awards will be conducted at General Dynamics ordnance and Tactical Systems' Marion, Ill., facility with some component manufacturing at the company's Red Lion, Penn., and St. Marks Powder, Fla., facilities.
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