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General Dynamics Awarded $11 Million Contract for F/A-22 Raptor Ammunition Handling Systems

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $10.6 million contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (Fort Worth, Texas) for the manufacture of ammunition handling systems with spares for the F/A-22 Raptor aircraft.

The F/A-22 Linear Linkless Ammunition Handling System is the world’s lightest 20mm feed system, featuring state-of-the-art composites and unique gun-feed technologies to provide high reliability at minimum weight. General Dynamics ammunition handling and storage systems equip virtually all modern U.S. front-line fighter aircraft, including the F-16, F/A-18 C/D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Hornet and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter currently in development.

Assembly work will be performed at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility. Program management and system testing will occur in Burlington, Vt. This contract extends production through April 2007.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance armament systems; a full range of advanced composite-based products; biological and chemical detection systems; and mobile shelter systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.gdatp.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 70,100 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

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General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Thursday, May 12, 2005
Press Contact: (704) 714-8014

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