SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. July 1, 2009. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $10 million contract extension by U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC for the production of MK19 grenade machine guns. Deliveries are expected to begin in April 2010and will be completed in July 2012. This award brings the total contract value to date to over $67 million.According to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products gun systems program manager, Jeffrey Gramse, “The MK19 has been in service for over 20 years, providing lethal fire against a variety of targets. The weapon’s high lethality and broad versatility gives the U.S. Armed Forces an essential weapon for use in both offensive and defensive operations.”Production work will be performed at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ Saco, Maine, facility using its existing workforce. Program management will be performed in Saco with support from the company’sBurlington, Vt.-based Technology Center.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ site in Saco is the company’s production site for single- and multi-barrel aircraft and crew-served weapon systems. The site provides complete production capabilities, from design and development to manufacturing, testing and integration.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ site in Burlington is the company’s Engineering Center of Excellence. The campus spans four buildings: Lakeside offices, an engineering development lab, a systems modernization initiative office, and an expansive test facility. More information is available online at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).