May 31 (UPI) — General Dynamics was awarded a $7.5 million contract modification for helicopter-mounted gun turrets, the Defense Department announced.
The company’s Ordnance and Tactical Systems division will build 37 modified A/A49E-7(V4) gun turrets used on AH-1Z “Viper” helicopters — 25 for the U.S. Navy and 12 for the government of Bahrain — the Pentagon announced on Thursday said.
Sixty-six percent of the funding will come from the Navy, with Bahrain paying the remaining 34 percent under Foreign Military Sales laws.
The helicopters carry 20 mm guns, and are equipped to carry missiles such as the AIM-9 “Sidewinder.”
General Dynamics’ work will be performed at its facilities in Saco, Maine, and Williston, Vt., with an expected completion date of January 2022.