General 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/
Vardy – who struck the woodwork twice during a breakneck opening – also bagged a late consolation before Olivier Giroud grabbed Arsenal’s fifth. The Gunners almost took the lead after six minutes when Walcott was slipped through. The pass forced him wide but he still crossed for Santi Cazorla whose shot was hacked off the line by Ritchie De Laet. It spurred the Foxes into action and they were denied twice in quick succession four minutes later when Petr Cech turned Jeff Schlupp’s drive away before the ball eventually came to Vardy who hit the base of the post. But the England striker ruthlessly took his second chance on 13 minutes. Arsenal’s muted calls for a penalty after Aaron Ramsey went down in the box were ignored and the ball fell to Danny Drinkwater. He spotted Vardy sprinting clear on the left and launched the ball to the 28-year-old who cut inside and curled a clinical finish past Cech. Vardy epitomised fearless Leicester and came close to a second four minutes later when his miscued header came back off the bar. The deadly Chilean struck a classy treble as the Gunners moved to within three points of leaders Manchester United thanks to their 5-2 victory. They also ended the Foxes’ unbeaten start to the season after Theo Walcott had cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener. But the hosts were then hit by a sucker punch as Arsenal immediately broke and levelled on 18 minutes. Cazorla was given room in the middle to find Walcott and the forward outpaced De Laet to roll the ball in off the post. It had been a counter-attacking masterclass from both sides and Arsenal ruthlessly demonstrated their threat again on 33 minutes. Hector Bellerin and Walcott broke and, eventually, Sanchez, who scored in the 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium last season, struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel. Ranieri was left ranging though after Shinji Okazaki appeared to be fouled in the build up. Leicester were rocked for the first time and Cazorla shot wide before De Laet’s fine tackle halted Walcott. Predictably the visitors slowed the game down but emerged from the break sharper and Sanchez made it 3-1 after 57 minutes. The Foxes had not recovered from the Chilean’s first goal and he again underlined his quality when he ended a neat move by nodding in Mesut Ozil’s hanging ball from six yards. De Laet’s late block denied Ozil as the hosts began to wilt and the game was over with nine minutes left. The Foxes were asleep when Sanchez collected the ball from a throw in, advanced and his low effort flew past Schmeichel from 25 yards. Leicester’s response, unsurprisingly, came through Vardy and he grabbed his sixth of the season when he curled in after Cech had denied Andrej Kramaric with two minutes left. But Arsenal had the last word when Giroud converted Nacho Monreal’s cross from 10 yards in injury time. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@piersmorgan: FT 2-5. Superb win, magnificent performance, Sanchez sensational. #afc” – Television personality Piers Morgan was delighted to see the Chilean return to form PLAYER RATINGS Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Ritchie De Laet: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Robert Huth: 7 Jeff Schlupp: 6 Riyad Mahrez: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 7 N’Golo Kante: 6 Marc Albrighton: 6 Shinji Okazaki: 6 Jamie Vardy: 7 Subs: Andy King: 6 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Andrej Kramaric: 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 7 Hector Bellerin: 7 Laurent Koscielny: 7 Per Mertesacker: 7 Nacho Monreal: 7 Mathieu Flamini: 5 Aaron Ramsey: 7 Alexis Sanchez: 9 Santi Cazorla: 7 Mesut Ozil: 7 Theo Walcott: 8 Subs: Mikel Arteta: 7 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6 Olivier Giroud: 6 STAR PLAYER: Alexis Sanchez: Before the game the Arsenal forward had yet to score this season but was clinical in rescuing the Gunners at Leicester. His first two goals put the visitors in control after they fell behind and looked too open to Leicester’s counter-attacks. A lethal third put the game beyond doubt as he scored his first Gunners goals since the FA Cup final. Arsenal relied on his 25 goals so much last season it was vital the Chile international finally got up and running this year. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Jamie Vardy had caused Arsenal serious problems in a frantic opening and came close to doubling Leicester’s lead on 17 minutes. The striker’s header looped onto the bar with Petr Cech beaten but, within 60 seconds, the Gunners were level. Riyad Mahrez lost possession in Arsenal’s box allowing them to break and Santi Cazorla fed Theo Walcott to equalise. With Leicester’s momentum it would have been hard to see the visitors fighting back from 2-0 down. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Leicester will be disappointed to lose their unbeaten start in the Barclays Premier League this season as they were ruthlessly dispatched by Arsenal. It was the Foxes’ first game with one of last season’s top four and while they gave Arsenal a scare they could not match their quality. The host played their part in an entertaining game, especially Jamie Vardy, and should not be despondent but it may have tempered the enthusiasm at the King Power Stadium. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Both managers would have been concerned at how open their sides were inside the first 30 minutes. But once Arsenal took the lead through Alexis Sanchez the visitors’ superior quality paid off and Arsene Wenger would have been pleased with how his side then shut the Foxes down. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has overseen a fine start to his reign at the King Power Stadium but will not be too disheartened after losing their unbeaten run. WHO’S UP NEXT? Norwich v Leicester (Premier League, Saturday, October 3) Arsenal v Olympiakos (Champions League, Tuesday September 29) Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick saw Arsenal close the gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League after they came from behind at Leicester. Press Association
AFTER the greatest participation and biggest wins, the Barima-Waini team accrued 568 points to inevitably win the Heritage Games Indigenous Swim Meet, which concluded last Saturday at the National Aquatic Centre, in Liliendaal.They were more than 300 points above second-place finishers, Mahaica Berbice, who ended with 242 points, still some way ahead of Region Three, who mustered 178 points.Bringing up the rear were Demerara Mahaica with a mere 12 points.Low participation from the other teams, left the Region One at times with literally no competition, as was the case in the Boys 9-10, where Nelon Lucas simply raced against the clock as he picked up the 25m backstroke (20.67s) and 25m freestyle (16.18s) wins.Region Three picked up crucial points in the Boys 13-14 category, where sole competitor Damion Smith championed the 25m backstroke (24.51s), 25m freestyle (15.69s) and 50m freestyle (39.07s).Overall, however, Region One dominated both the male and female sides.For the Boys, Smith’s results were the only wins that Barima-Waini did not pick up as Nelson Lucas controlled all the Boys 11-12 wins, and Hyde Williams did the same in the Boys 18 and over category. In the Boys’ 15-17 category the spoils were shared between Nyron Ohermuller and Tyeal Campbell.In the 25m and 50m freestyle Barima-Waini made a clean sweep of all three top spots, with Campbell, Obermuller and their team mate Vaughn Fredericks taking first to third, respectively, in both events.On the distaff side, there was also a clean sweep for Region One in the Girls’ Under-17 50m freestyle, where Teshanna Hunter (31.90s), Leona Gonsalves (33.52s), and Anastacia Valenzuela (36.28s), respectively, copped the top spots.Hunter also championed the 25m backstroke 17.38s, while Valenzuela won the 25m freestyle in 15.72 seconds.Top performer for Region 5 was Monia Dunlus, who won the Girls 13-14 25m backstroke (23.95s), 25m freestyle (18.68s), and 50m freestyle (44.74s).