Hughes Tool Company Presently McDonnell Douglas

Hughes Tool Company


In April 1964, the Hughes Tool Company won a competitive contract from Springfield Armory for the fabrication and test of one 40mm High Velocity Grenade Launchcr. The development weapon was based on an original Springfield concept which had as its technical objective to provide a compact, lightweight weapon to replace the calibre .50 machine gun on certain combat and tactical vehicles where area coverage and casualty probability against personnel is the primary consideration.

The first contract awarded by Springfield Armory in 1964, called for the fabrication and test ot one weapon. This contract was modified in November 1965 to provide for the fabrication of a second gun.

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