Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GD gets gun system contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $23.6 million contract by Lockheed Martin for production of more than two dozen GAU-22/A gun systems for the F-35. The GAU-22/A is based on the GAU-12/U 25mm Gatling gun, which the company has made for more than 40 years. The GAU-22/A is a lighter-weight, four-barrel version mounted internally on the F-35A variant and externally on the B and C models. General Dynamics has been manufacturing GAU-22/A guns for F-35s since 2009. (Source: General Dynamics via PRNewswire, 01/31/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin is home of the F-35 training center.