GD Saco delivers 85 machine guns to Army under recent contract

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products said Thursday that it has delivered 85 MK19 40mm grenade machine guns to the U.S. Army, weapons made at the company’s Saco plant under a recent $8.7 million contract.

According to GD, that September 2011 contract was for more than 650 MK19 guns. The contract extended an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for MK19 weapons that was initially awarded to GD in 2008. The latest order brings the total contract value to date to more than $90 million. General Dynamics has delivered more than 40,000 MK19 guns since 1987, the company said.

“Over the past quarter century, the MK19 has been the single most-highly fielded 40mm grenade machine gun in the world,” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.  “The weapon’s popularity is the result of its high reliability and the vast logistical support as the U.S. Government’s standard issue grenade machine gun.”

Final deliveries on the September 2011 award will be completed in February 2013. Roughly 400 employees work at GD’s Saco plant.