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Marines select GD for tech demonstration

May 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps selected General Dynamics to provide the Medusa Weapon System program with a hardware technology demonstration.

U.S. company General Dynamics says its Ordnance and Tactical Systems unit was awarded the demonstration phase deal from the Marine Corps System Command that officials say precedes a full-and-open contract competition.

General Dynamics and ATK Aerospace Systems developed the Medusa Weapon System, designed to support the Mission Payload Module -- Non-Lethal Weapon System, as a next-generation non-lethal grenade munitions technology.

Company officials say in a news release the Medusa Weapon System will "adapt advanced 66mm grenade and launcher technology to provide improved counter-personnel and non-lethal capabilities that temporarily incapacitate targets through intense light, sound and pressure stimuli."

Under the $3 million contract, General Dynamics will be expected to demonstrate the Medusa Weapon System's ability to meet program requirements.

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