General Dynamics Vermont to do program management on $35 million Army contract

first_imgGeneral Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,The U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny, N.J., awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products an order valued at approximately $35 million to manufacture M2A1 quick change barrel (QCB) conversion kits. The QCB conversion kits feature several direct-replacement parts to modify existing M2 heavy barrel (M2HB) machine guns to the M2A1 configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2011 and will continue through December 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).”With the QCB conversion kits, the U.S. warfighter can change the machine gun barrel in a few seconds. The M2A1 features fixed headspace and timing, which eliminates the need to manually calibrate the weapon after each barrel change and reduces exposure time to enemy fire,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The M2A1 is an efficient and reliable tool for American warfighters in combat.”Production work will be completed by the existing workforce at the General Dynamics facility in Saco, Maine, which employs approximately 420 people and has manufactured the M2 machine gun since 1979. Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington Technology Center in Vermont.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 weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,000 people worldwide. 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 General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/last_img read more

Schmidt holds on – despite Hall’s record charge

first_img Tags: Alwoodley Golf Club, Brabazon Trophy 1 Jun 2019 Schmidt holds on – despite Hall’s record charge Yorkshire’s Ben Schmidt withstood a record-breaking charge from Harry Hall today to hold on to a one-shot lead in the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley Golf Club.Hall, from West Cornwall, swept up the leaderboard with his eight-under 63, which set a new course record and took him to 10-under in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play.Schmidt, meanwhile, shot two-under 69 – his third sub-par round – and is 11-under for the championship, which he is playing for the first time.“It was tough out there today,” said the 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club. “There was quite a bit of pressure and a fair few people watching, but I played pretty solid. I went out there and shot under par again – I haven’t given anything back yet.”He started well again with three birdies in the first five holes and despite a bogey on six – his first dropped shot in 27 holes – he was three-under playing the last. There he was caught out by a flier, with his seven-iron approach covering 230 yards and finishing 50 yards past the pin. It cost him a bogey – but not the lead.Round three of a championship is traditionally moving day and it was clear from early on that today’s conditions were ideal for scoring. Harry Hall made sure he grabbed the advantage.The 21-year-old had a quiet day on the course yesterday, scoring one-over 72. After that he tackled the jet lag which followed his Tuesday flight back from university in the USA, prescribing himself a nap and a work out.“I came out with a lot of energy today and it paid off,” he said after signing for the third course record of his career.His round included two eagles, five birdies and one bogey – which he credited with giving him the final push to the record.He dropped the shot on the 15th after finding a greenside bunker and missing a 5ft putt. But he immediately followed up with two consecutive birdies.“I hit the putt perfectly and it didn’t go in. But my reaction to that putt allowed me to make two birdies after that. I was able to start the next one on line from 6ft and it dropped,” said Hall.He put the record in his grasp when he holed a 35ft putt for birdie on 17 and secured it with a solid par on the difficult 18th.“I’m very pleased,” he said. “I said to a few people that it would be nice to be in contention and I think I have put myself in a good place and, hopefully, in the final group.”Hall and Schmidt will, indeed, tee off last tomorrow at 11.58am. Behind them are Jake Hapgood of Wales, who is six-under, while Charlie Thornton (Fulford) and David Langley (Castle Royle) are both five-under.Among the day’s big movers were Jannik de Bruyn of Germany, Luca Filippi of South Africa and England’s Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) who respectively shot 67, 66 and 68 to move up the leaderboard.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Emmitt Smith to NFL: Don’t devalue running backs

first_imgCHASING THE WIND—Carolina Panthers spent the evening chasing LeVeon Bell, who picked up 147 yards o the ground. (AP photo)The man who brought as much value to the position as anyone in football history, Smith is the career rushing leader with 18,355 yards. DeMarco Murray, the guy currently toting the ball for the team Smith helped win three Super Bowls, the Dallas Cowboys, isn’t faring too poorly this season. Murray has rushed for at least 100 yards in all eight games, an NFL mark, and is on pace to gain 2,000 yards on the ground.Further proof, Smith says, that the running back is an important cog, even in today’s pass-happy NFL.“That the league has drifted to becoming a quarterback-focused league, the demands for a running back have been neutralized a bit,” Smith says. “Everyone wants to get that quarterback.“But there are not that many Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Mannings or Tom Bradys or Philip Rivers. It’s been proven through time that to have success in the NFL, you have to have that balance.“Look at the teams who have won Super Bowls recently. Seattle last year could run the ball. Pittsburgh, Baltimore. Even San Francisco when you go back, could run the ball. And we could run it. You have to have that running game to win championships.”Smith believes Murray can crack the 2,000-yard barrier, but only if he and everyone around him can stay healthy. That’s already in question with quarterback Tony Romo nursing a back problem.Smith plans to attend the Super Bowl and has hopes the Cowboys will get there for the first time since he helped them win the 1995 NFL title. First, he’ll be attending the college football championship at the Cowboys’ home stadium, which he calls “Jerry’s World.”As part of a contest sponsored by Keurig (www.Tailgate.Keurig.com), fans can win a trip to the game to spend time with Smith – and not just brewing coffee.“It’s a chance for me to engage with the fans up close and personal,” Smith says. “We can talk football and anything else they want to talk about.”___LYSTEDT LAW: The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington will celebrate this weekend the passage of youth sports concussion laws in all 50 states.The NFL and USA Football, the governing body for the sport, have played roles in helping get the Lystedt Law passed throughout the nation. Commissioner Roger Goodell will accept the organization’s 2014 Leadership Award on behalf of the NFL at a gala in Seattle.Such laws were inspired by Zack Lystedt. In 2006, Lystedt suffered a brain injury following his return to a middle school football game after sustaining a concussion. Zackery, his family and a broad range of medical, business and community partners lobbied the Washington state legislature for a law to better protect young athletes in all sports.In 2010, Goodell sent letters to the governors of 44 states that did not have concussion laws urging them to pass something similar to the Lystedt Law. The NFL advocated for the laws until every state had one.That has happened.“The passage of the Lystedt Law in all 50 states is an important step for all young athletes and their parents,” says Goodell, whose teenage twin daughters have played soccer and lacrosse. “The Lystedts and the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington should rightfully be proud of all that they did to make the nationwide passage a reality. We are honored to support their work to protect all young players, no matter what sport they play.“We will continue to focus on making our game better and safer and setting the right example on health and safety in sports.”VACATION OR SUIT UP?: The New York Giants cost cornerback Mike Harris a vacation.A member of the Lions practice squad, Harris was on his way to the airport for a flight home during Detroit’s bye week when he got a call that the Giants had signed him on Tuesday.Vacation over.Harris changed his plans and planes, went to New Jersey and practiced with the team on Thursday for its game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.Harris, who spent the 2012-13 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and made seven starts in 31 games, is ready to play.“You have to be ready,” Harris said. “You never know when your number is going to be called.”In Harris’ case, you also never know where you are going to be when your phone number is called, and what it might cost you.“I would rather lose the bye week rather than spend another week on the practice squad,” he said.JERSEY REPORT: As the league approaches the halfway point for all 32 teams, who has the hottest-selling jerseys?Who else but the quarterbacks?Denver’s Peyton Manning, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Seattle’s Russell Wilson rank at the top according to sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. Four other QBs make the Top 10: Baltimore’s Joe Flacco is sixth, Carolina’s Cam Newton is eighth, New England’s Tom Brady is ninth and – even though he is a backup who rarely gets on the field – Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel is 10th.Only one defensive player is in the Top 10, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly at No. 5.Fifth is Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and seventh is Bears receiver Brandon Marshall.The defending champion Seahawks top the team sales chart, followed by Denver, Carolina, Chicago and Baltimore.___AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more