General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a $20.78 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for procurement of 66 M61A2 Vulcan 20 MM Gatling Gun Systems.
The procurement is in support of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft production. Out of the 66 M61A2 Vulcans ordered, 34 are destined for the U.S. Navy while the remaining is for Kuwait Air Force.
The contract work will be performed in Saco, Maine (41%); Westfield, Massachusetts (7%); Lyndonville, Vermont (6%); Miami, Florida (6%); Charlotte, North Carolina (6%); Chicago, Illinois (5%); Jacksonville, Florida (4%); St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (3%); Saint Laurent, Canada (2%); Port Hueneme, California (2%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (18%), and is expected to be completed in March 2023.
The M61 Vulcan is an externally powered six-barrel 20mm Gatling gun systems that offer lightweight, highly lethal combat support for a variety of air, land and sea platforms.
The system increases multiple-hit probabilities when compared to single barrel guns operating at lower rates of fire, and provides reliability up to 10 times greater than single-barrel guns.
The M61 and its derivatives have been the principal cannon armament of U.S. military fixed-wing aircraft for around fifty years.