General Dynamics .50 Caliber Ammunition First to be Qualified for NATO Interchangeability



    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 15 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics announced today
that its 12.7mm (.50 caliber) C162 Ball and C163 Tracer cartridges are
qualified for NATO interoperability, according to the NATO International Panel
on Standard Small Arms Ammunition. The designs meet the 12.7mm NATO
Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) requirements, ensuring full
interchangeability between all NATO troops using NATO-qualified weapons.
    The two cartridge designs were produced at General Dynamics Ordnance and
Tactical Systems' Canadian operations and submitted for qualification to NATO
by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The NATO North American
Regional Test Center (NARTC) in Independence, Mo., performed the Exhaustive
Qualification Testing of the two cartridge samples.
    "We are proud to be the first supplier in NATO's history to provide a
12.7mm NATO qualified cartridge, the C162 Ball and C163 Tracer rounds," said
Andre Falardeau, vice president and general manager, General Dynamics Ordnance
and Tactical Systems-Canada.  "Use of these cartridges will allow NATO
countries to ensure that they can safely interchange their ammunition with
that of other NATO allied countries."
    The newly NATO-qualified cartridges are indicative of General Dynamics
Ordnance and Tactical Systems' commitment to supplying NATO member countries
with high-quality, reliable ammunition for their operational needs.
    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a world leader in the
manufacture of large, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire
munitions, mortar weapons and systems, artillery projectiles, bomb bodies and
Ball Powder(R) Propellant.  The company also manufactures precision metal
components; provides explosive load, assemble and pack services for a variety
of munitions, tactical missile and rocket programs; and designs and produces
shaped charge warheads and control actuator systems. More information on
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical is available online at www.gd-ots.com.
    General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD), headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia,
employs approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of
$27.2 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine
systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the
company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.




For further information:

For further information: Laurie VanBrocklin of General Dynamics Ordnance
 and Tactical Systems, Tel: +1-727-578-8187, Cell: +1-727-204-1355, 
lgvanbrocklin@gd-ots.com Web Site: http://www.gd-ots.com                 
http://www.generaldynamics.com

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