General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $15 million contract from Thales Nederland for the production of Goalkeeper weapon systems. Deliveries will commence in February 2006 and extend through to May 2006.
Goalkeeper is a gun-based system that protects ships against close-in, high-speed missiles and aircraft. The system combines a General Dynamics turret mount and seven-barrel 30mm Gatling gun with search-and-track radars and related computational electronics from Thales Netherlands.
The integrated radars automatically and continuously evaluate, prioritise and track multiple targets and precisely manoeuvre the 4,200 shot-per-minute 30mm Gatling gun to eliminate the threat.
Goalkeeper, a joint effort of Thales Nederland with General Dynamics, has been in production since the early 1980s. Program management, assembly and testing will all be performed at the General Dynamics Burlington Technology Center in Burlington, Vermont.