SACO, Maine — The U.S. Army has awarded a $28 million contract to General Dynamics to manufacture as many as 12,000 machine guns at its facility in Saco, according to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office.
The contract initially approves the purchase of 6,000 M2A1 machine guns, with the option to procure as many as 6,000 more, according to a media release from Rep. Pingree’s office.
The M2A1 machine gun can be mounted on Humvees and features an innovative barrel design that allows soldiers to change barrels quickly to limit their exposure to enemy fire.
“This contract will support hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs at the Saco facility,” said Pingree. “It’s a testament to the incredible quality of work being done in Maine. Our workers are known for their craftsmanship, and I’m proud that they will be producing a piece of equipment on which American military personnel will be trusting their lives.”
A spokesman for General Dynamics could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday afternoon.