General Dynamics Awarded Composites Production by Boeing

$20-million contract for C-17 aircraft components

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products reports it earned a new contract from Boeing to produce composite components for the C-17 Globemaster III — a military transport aircraft for troops and cargo.

The order carries a value of $20 million, General Dynamics indicated. Deliveries will begin in February 2011 and be completed by April 2012. Production and program management will be performed at General Dynamics' advanced materials facility in Marion, Va.

Charlotte-based General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. Its customers produce various military and commercial aircraft.

For the C-17 program, General Dynamics provides winglets, main and nose landing gear doors, flap leading and trailing edge panels, and the forward and aft radomes.

"Our team in Marion is proud to continue our work with Boeing," stated General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ vice president and general manager Jim Losse. "We have been working with Boeing on a variety of C-17 composite technologies for more than 20 years. This contract will keep C-17 components in production through early 2012."

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