CHARLOTTE…General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded an $8.6 million option on an existing contract by the U.S. Army to make 2,000 improved chemical agent monitors.

The contract being amended was initially awarded in December 1995 and had a value of $14.3 million. This option extends deliveries through October 2005 and will bring the total number of units produced to over 15,000, for a total value of $66 million.

The lightweight, handheld monitors can detect a range of nerve and blister agents in minute quantities. It is in use worldwide and currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Armament and Technical Products is a Charlotte-based business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD).