General Dynamics wins contract for Phalanx components

Senator David Schultheis (R, El Paso County) on opening day of the Legislature Wednesday, January 9, 2008. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette File

SACO, Maine — General Dynamics has won a $17 million contract to produce gun components for a system that's the last line of defense for most U.S. warships.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products says it was awarded the contract by Raytheon Missile Systems of Louisville, Ky. Production will be carried out in Saco, Maine, and will be managed from Burlington, Vt.

Originally developed for the Navy, the Phalanx utilizes a radar-directed, 20 mm Gatling gun that can be used against anti-ship missiles, aircraft and high-speed watercraft. A land-based version, which is mounted on wheels, can be used to protect ground forces and installations from rocket, artillery and mortar threats.


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