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Army contracts for small-arms development

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded AAI Corp. a follow-on contract to continue development of lightweight small-arms technologies.

U.S. company AAI received the $5.8 million contract from the Army's Joint Service Small Arms Program Office. Under the deal AAI will support the Joint Service Small Arms Program, based at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in New Jersey, by developing a 5.56mm light machine gun LSAT technology.

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As part of the three-year contract, which has options that could make it worth $28 million, AAI also will work on a cased telescope designed to provide high-performance, lightweight weaponry to troops in combat zones.

Officials say AAI will be expected to demonstrate the LSAT systems by 2011.

"There is nothing more important to our team than getting the best possible systems into the hands of America's war fighters," David Phillips, AAI Business Development and Advanced Systems vice president, said in a statement.

"By continuing our work on the LSAT program, AAI can advance these armament and ammunition technologies, looking toward a time when they will be the standard for our nation's war fighters."

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