GD gets $7.8M contract for Saco facility to produce guns

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products announced today that it’s been awarded a $7.8 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for production of more than 20 F/A-18 E/F 20mm gun systems for the Super Hornet fighter aircraft.

The work will be done at GD’s Saco facility, according to the release, where more than 400 people work.

According to GD:

The F/A-18 E/F gun system is composed of a lightweight, six-barrel 20mm M61A2 Gatling gun equipped with a closed-loop rotary linkless feed system. The system has a maximum firing rate of up to 6,000 shots per minute and serves as the aircraft’s last line of defense in close-in aerial engagements.