General Dynamics gets $30 million contract to take weapons apart
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of military contractor General Dynamics, has been awarded a $30 million contract from the US Army to dismantle munitions.
This award culminates a winner-take-all competition to establish a long-term commercial provider of demilitarization services. The total potential value of the contract is $191 million, if all options are exercised.
The program involves demilitarizing 54 different types of conventional ammunition, including cluster bombs, propellant charges, and pyrotechnics.
Ammunition demilitarization is a process that involves the separation of the munitions' elements, such as explosives, metal parts and plastics. Usable components are reclaimed for reuse while the remaining elements are rendered safe for disposal. General Dynamics has a long history providing demilitarization services, and is the world largest demilitarization contractor.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, VA, employs approximately 70,800 people worldwide, and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion.
Von: 29 August 2005, http://www.themanufacturer.com