MK47 weapon systems to be produced by General Dynamics for U.S. Army

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2 Oct. 2010. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products won a $24.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce MK47 advanced lightweight grenade launcher (ALGL) systems. The contract supports a foreign military sale and is a firm fixed price award for 130 MK47 systems that each include the lightweight video sight systems, spare parts, and technical support.

Posted by John McHale

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2 Oct. 2010. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products won a $24.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce MK47 advanced lightweight grenade launcher (ALGL) systems. The contract supports a foreign military sale and is a firm fixed price award for 130 MK47 systems that each include the lightweight video sight systems, spare parts, and technical support.

The MK47, also known as the STRIKER40, is an ALGL capable of firing air bursting munitions. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon to build the lightweight video system fire control, which assists in the detection, recognition, and first-round engagement of target threats.

"The MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat infantry units, particularly against soft and lightly-armored targets," says Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "The MK47 has been demonstrated in combat to be a one-shot, one-kill weapon system."

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2012 and be completed by August 2012. The TACOM Contracting Center (TCC) in Rock Island, Ill., awarded the contract. Program management will be conducted in Burlington, Vt., with production occurring at General Dynamics' Saco, Maine, facility. Work will be completed by the company's existing workforce.

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