For the period ending 31 December, the company’s net earnings rose 2.8%, or $3.3bn, from last year.
Diluted earnings per share increased 5.0% to $11.55, against $11.00 last year.
The company said that net cash provided by operating activities totalled $4.3bn, or 131% of net its earnings.
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During the fourth quarter, GD’s net earnings were $952m, compared to $1.0bn in the same period last year.
The company’s EPS declined 2.9% to $3.39 from last year.
Group revenue also declined 1.8% to $10.3bn, from $10.48bn in fourth quarter last year.
The company’s aerospace segment saw its backlog increase by 40% from last year, to $16.3bn.
The growth is driven by the order for Gulfstream, which is the highest it has been in more than a decade, according to GD.
GD’s marine systems, combat systems, and technologies also secured $1.1bn worth of contracts for classified customers.
The US Navy also awarded a $820m contract to provide ongoing lead yard services for the Virginia-class submarine programme.
At the end of 2021, the company’s total estimated contract value, which is the sum of all its backlog components, was $127.5bn.
General Dynamics chairman and chief executive officer Phebe Novakovic said: “Our continued focus on operating performance and protecting the health and safety of our employees contributed to strong fourth-quarter and full-year results.
“Furthermore, favourable cash flow has enabled us to continue reducing debt, returning value to shareholders and investing in future growth.”
In October last year, General Dynamics reported a 1.6% rise in IT hiring activity.