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April 25, 2006
Contact: John Suttle
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General Dynamics Awarded $5 Million for Production of 25mm Gun Barrels

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $5.1 million contract from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Rock Island, Ill., for the production of 25mm gun barrels. The units will serve as replacement barrels for the 25mm M242 chain gun that equips the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, for which General Dynamics also produces reactive armor.

The 25mm barrels will be manufactured at General Dynamics' Saco, Maine, facility, with program management occurring at the company's Vermont-based Burlington Technology Center. Work will be performed by existing employees, with deliveries commencing in September 2006 and continuing through December 2007.

General Dynamics has been a leading supplier of gun barrels to the U.S. Department of Defense for more than 50 years, producing barrels ranging from 7.62mm to 40mm. General Dynamics barrels are currently used on a wide variety of defense products including U.S. fighter aircraft.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance armament systems; a full range of advanced composite-based products; biological and chemical detection systems; and mobile shelter systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.gdatp.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 72,200 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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