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General Dynamics (GD) Receives Contract For Abrams Tank Production

 January 08, 2013 02:14 PM

(By Balaseshan) General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD), an aerospace and defense company, said its business unit has received a contract worth $132.7 million for Abrams tank production.

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 (M1A2S) Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks.

The Foreign Military Sales contract was awarded by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command for the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

This contract extends work started in 2008 to update M1A1 and M1A2 tanks to the M1A2S configuration for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The M1A2S conversion increases the efficiency and capability of the tank.

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The work will be performed by current employees at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2014.

On January 4, General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $4.6 billion to design and develop the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine, and to continue construction and purchasing of materials for Virginia-class attack submarines.

In addition, General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a C$32 million contract by Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) for key communications network technology for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) program.

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GD is trading down 1.85% at $70.53 on Tuesday. The stock has been trading between $61.09 and $74.54 for the past 52 weeks.

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