General Dynamics Awarded $199 Million Ammunition Contract for Expeditionary Fire Support System

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for 120mm mortar ammunition in support of the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS). The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a total potential value of $198.7 million. Two delivery orders totaling $101 million have already been awarded under the contract.

The EFSS ammunition is a family of spin-stabilized, insensitive munitions comprising four rounds: High Explosive (HE), Smoke, Illumination and Practice. The rounds share common design elements, as well as a common primer and propelling charge. Fitted with standard U.S. artillery fuses, this ammunition provides the Marine on the ground with point detonation and airburst capabilities.

« The EFSS ammunition is designed to maximize the precision and accuracy of the 120mm M327 mortar weapon and provide increased lethality over conventional mortar ammunition, » said Dr. Dean Bartles, vice president and general manager of large-caliber ammunition for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

The Expeditionary Fire Support System is a light, mobile and vertically transportable indirect fire support system designed for missions requiring tactical versatility, speed and close-in fire support. The system is composed of a pair of Prime Mover vehicles, a 120mm M327 mortar weapon, the four-round family of munitions and an ammunition trailer. The EFSS is designed to be internally transportable in the MV-22B Osprey and the CH-53 helicopter and has been in fielded with the Marine Corps since 2009.

For more information about General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, please visit www.gd-ots.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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