ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has modified two contracts with General Dynamics to continue demilitarization work on excess ammunition.
General Dynamics' Ordnance and Tactical Systems business unit was awarded the contracts from the Rock Island, Ill.-based Army Field Support Command. Under the $20.4 million in total contract modifications, General Dynamics will continue to demilitarize six types of Defense Department ammunition.
The company, which has already demilitarized more than 110,000 tons of munitions as part of the Army contract, processes and recycles obsolete and excess ammunition during the demilitarization process. Officials say as much as 95 percent of the materials during the process can be reused.
"General Dynamics has a long history of performing ammunition demilitarization for the Department of Defense," Dean Bartles, vice president of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and general manager of large-caliber ammunition, said in a statement.
"Under this contract, we manage the environmentally safe thermal treatment of excess and obsolete ammunition."