CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 27 (UPI) -- Thousands of the U.S. Army's M2 heavy barrel machine guns are being converted to the M2A1 configuration by General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
The value of the contract for converting more than 3,500 of the .50-caliber weapons is $6.9 million. It was given to General Dynamics by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
"General Dynamics is proud of our role in making this highly effective weapon even better by improving its safety, reliability and ease of use," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "Our success producing and advancing the M2 machine gun positions us to continue production well into the future."
The company said it expects the conversions of the M2s to the M2A1 configuration is expected to be completed next year. Work on the contract will be performed at the company's facility in Saco, Maine.