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General Dynamics awarded $37m for ammunition demilitarization

21st April 2011 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $37 million contract from the US Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., for demilitarization of munitions. The total potential value of the contract is $163 million over five years if all options are exercised.

Under the contract, General Dynamics will demilitarize eight munitions families including High Explosive (HE) bombs, Improved Conventional Munitions (ICM), fuzes, Explosive D bombs and ammunition ranging for 25mm to 106mm calibers. The ammunition-demilitarization process involves the separation of the munitions' elements, such as explosives, metal parts and plastics. About 95 percent of the processed materials are reclaimed for recycling while the remaining elements are destroyed through a safe thermal treatment process.

"Demilitarization of aged munitions is an important step in the lifecycle management of the US ammunition stockpile. General Dynamics has been the prominent commercial provider of demilitarization services to the US Defense Department for over 15 years, and has a long legacy of on time execution in ammunition demilitarization. Our state-of-the-art demilitarization processes allow us to continue to provide high quality, competitive demil services to our customer," said Dr. Dean Bartles, general manager and vice president of large caliber ammunition for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

Source: General Dynamics

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