New Products From General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
General Dynamics produces crew-served weapons, heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, and munitions in all calibers for ground forces. Additionally, a line of lightweight vehicles for special forces and expeditionary units. For use on U.S. Navy ships, they manufacture weapons systems and ammunition.
General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a global defense company that empowers U.S. forces and our allies with products and services applicable across all tactical and strategic operations levels. In 2016, the company achieved its Better Plants initiative goal of a 20% reduction in energy consumption. First, learn more about the company and its mission to empower U.S. and allied forces. Then, read about some of the company’s newest products.
Versatron, a subsidiary of General Dynamics in Healdsburg, California, is working with the U.S. Navy on an antitorpedo device. This device is part of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The company’s team includes experts in high-performance motors. The company will also develop a steering control section for the device. Applied Research will help build the device.
The Navy evaluated the past performance of Alliant’s MK 244 general dynamics ordnance and tactical systems (GD-OTS) in the LRIP contract but never produced the MK 244. This was an error. Past performance evaluation was based on erroneous assumptions, including that Alliant never produced the MK 244.
As a result, GD-OTS submitted offers for both lots of MK 244 ammunition. The company expected a waiver for the first article requirement but submitted the exact pricing information for both lots. GD-OTS and Alliant also submitted references and performance information from their fifth Navy contract. They were ranked second and third, respectively. The LRIP contract was signed to develop and produce a new MK 244 round for the Navy.
MK 244 is a sub-caliber projectile designed for a 20-mm M61A1 gun barrel. The cartridge consists of a pusher plug, sub-caliber projectile, and an integral discarding sabot-driving band. In this manner, the MK 244 achieves better results than the MK149 in reducing circular error probability (CEP).
In 2016, NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane IN announced a five-year IDIQ effort to produce MK 244 general dynamics ornament and tactical systems. The MK 244 mod 0 Cartridge, 20MM Linked Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot, MK 244 Mod 0 will also be modified to conform to the Automated Data List (ADL) 53711-7497064B. MK 244 mod 0 requires compliance with CDRLS and Quality Assurance Provisions.
MK 244 general dynamics ornament and tactical systems combat enemy forces. MK 244 can deliver lethal amounts of ammunition to targets at a distance of up to 4,000 meters. Its performance requirements are also applicable to non-military personnel. Consequently, a MK 244 general dynamics ornament and tactical systems is a critical component of the U.S. military’s arsenal.
The MK 149 Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot (APDS) ammunition is designed for use in the Phalanx Gun System. Its short flight time and optimized ballistic performance make it highly effective against various types of armor. This ammunition is developed by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and is compatible with M61 and M197 gun systems.
The General Dynamics-OTS contract covers the manufacture of Tritonal bomb bodies and other components for the U.S. Army. The company manufactures bomb bodies of various sizes for tactical and training purposes and steel forged hardware. In addition, the contract includes the production of bomb fin systems and steel and aluminum sheet metal. GD-OTS’ management views MCAAP as an extension of the manufacturing process.
GD-OTS argues that the Navy’s evaluation of past performance was inaccurate and unfair, as the evaluation largely ignored past performance references. Further, it failed to assess the relative relevancy of past performance evaluations of the two companies because Alliant never produced the MK 244 round. In addition, the company argues that it has no history of manufacturing the MK 244 round.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems have won a $58 million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (USAAMCOM). The contract covers the manufacture of 2.75-inch Hydra-70 rockets, warheads, motors, and containers. In addition, General Dynamics also will perform the final assembly at its Camden, AR facility.
The MK 149 MK 0 flechette warhead is a prototype of a weapon that can shred light cover and vegetation. Its predecessors were incredibly unreliable. The new warheads are three times larger than their predecessors, making them more effective at penetrating light cover and vegetation. And they cover a much larger area than the high-explosive rockets.
The MK 149’s mounting system is controlled by a single crewman at the monitoring station. Later versions require two additional personnel to change the ammunition cassettes. The mounting train and elevation motors are electrically driven. The MK 149 Block 1B can operate on 440 Vac 60 Hz line power, consuming about 18 K.W. in search mode and 70 K.W. in track mode. The tracking radar is Ku-Band Digital MTI.
MK 244 NGSW-R
GD-OTS submitted proposals to the Navy for the MK 244 NGSW-R General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactics System. The Navy evaluated the performance of the previous cartridges and noted the similarities and differences between the MK 244 and the MK 149. The result was a highly favorable evaluation for GD-OTS.
In its proposal, GD-OTS identified five reference contracts similar to the MK 244 and 20mm MK149. Two of these contracts were Navy contracts, and one was a government of Canada contract. GD-OTS also identified two other reference contracts that used the same components and performance criteria as the MK 244 contract. The resulting contracts will be evaluated in detail.
The NGSW-R is an advanced assault rifle designed to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in Brigade Combat Teams. It is lightweight, fires lightweight ammunition, and is designed to reduce acoustics. The MK 244 NGSW-R is expected to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in Brigade Combat Teams. However, the NGSW-R is more than just a replacement for the M249.
The MK 244 NGSW-R General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Mk 244 Mod O is designed to function in a 20mm M61A1 gun barrel. The 20mm cartridge comprises a projectile assembly, pusher plug, sub-caliber projectile, and an integrated sabot-driving band.
The MK 244 NGSW-R GD O&TS cartridge fires composite-cased ammunition in 6.8mm. It was developed in partnership with Beretta Defense Systems and True Velocity. At the Association of United States Army (USA) annual meeting, GD O&TS will unveil this new system. It can shoot up to 900 yards, far from the most extended range of any grenade.