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General Dynamics Awarded Production Contract for A-50 Gun Systems


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP), a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for production of up to 82 A-50 20mm gun systems.

Manufacturing will be performed at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility, and the program will be managed by General Dynamics’ Burlington, Vt., facility. S&T Dynamics, LTD of South Korea, the designated Korean Industry Partner (KIP) for the program, will produce the ammunition containers for these weapons systems under a subcontract arrangement with General Dynamics. Deliveries will begin in October 2010.

Steve Vander Kraats, A-50 gun system program manager, said, “The A-50 gun system was developed by General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products specifically for the T/A-50 light trainer/attack aircraft being produced by KAI. The system provides the relatively smaller T/A-50 aircraft with 20mm Gatling gun capabilities comparable to that of larger fighter aircraft.”

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; defensive armor solutions; aerospace components; mobile shelter systems; and is a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at


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