General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $12 million contract from the U.S. government for production of the MK47 STRIKER40® Weapon System.

"The MK47 is a lightweight grenade launcher capable of firing airbursting munitions. Integrating the latest sensing, targeting and computer-programming technology, the MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat soldier units. It provides forces with a decisive technological advantage over enemies equipped with older crew-served weapons," said Jeff Gramse, program manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.

Production work will be performed at General Dynamics in Saco, Maine, with program management being shared with the company’s Burlington, Vt., facility.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, 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.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide.