General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $7.8 million contract modification to produce 20 gun systems for fighter aircraft. The work will be done at its facility in Saco, which employs more than 400.
The company, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, will make 20-mm gun systems for the Super Hornet fighter aircraft, according to a press release. The weapon system is composed of a lightweight, six-barrel Gatling gun with a maximum firing rate of up to 6,000 shots per minute, serving as the aircraft's last line of defense in close aerial engagements. GD has produced the system for more than 25 years.
The program will be managed from the General Dynamics Technology Center in Williston, Vt., while manufacturing will happen in Saco.