General Dynamics has been awarded a contract modification valued at approximately $28m from US Army Tank Automotive Command (Tacom), to produce M2HB heavy-barrel machine guns.

This option modifies a contract originally awarded in 2007, bringing the total value to date to more than $100m. Deliveries from this award are expected to begin in December 2009.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products gun systems senior programme manager Dean Gagnon said that the M2 was ideal for army operations.

“Our M2’s accuracy, durability and versatility make it ideal for offensive and defensive operations. It’s a belt-fed, recoil-operated, air-cooled, crew-served weapon capable of right or left-hand feed,” Gagnon said.

The guns will be produced at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products facility in Saco, Maine, using its existing workforce. Since 1979, this site has delivered more than 25,000 M2 heavy-barrel machine guns to the US government. Programme management will be performed at the company’s Burlington, Vt., technology centre.