General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a firm-fixed-price delivery order for Production Lot 4 procurement of individual components of the Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS).

Under the $14.2m contract, the company will provide 24 prime movers and 12 M327 rifled towed mortars, basic issue item kits, additional authorisation list hardware, and initial mortar spares.

The EFSS is a launcher, mobility platform, ammunition supply vehicle, and technical fire direction equipment for positioning the weapon for firing and to accurately compute firing data.

The system provides all-weather, ground-based, close supporting, accurate, immediately responsive, and lethal indirect fire.

Work will be carried out at the company’s facilities in France, and in North Carolina and Virginia, US, and is expected to be completed by 30 June 2013.

The US Marine Corps Systems Command will be the contracting activity.