July 27 (Reuters) – Gulfstream jet maker General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) on Wednesday posted a 3.9% rise in second-quarter profit as business jet demand remained strong, but revenues missed forecasts as supply chain problems continued to hamper the defense industry.
Shares were down 1.8% in pre-market trading after the Reston, Virginia-based company posted quarterly revenue of $9.2 billion, a 0.3% drop over last year, missing Wall Street's $9.4 billion estimate.
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The company delivered 22 Gulfstream business jets, compared with 21 jets a year earlier, showing some signs of supply chain recovery for that segment of the business.
Sales in its aerospace unit rose to $1.86 billion from $1.62 billion a year earlier, while overall revenue fell to $9.19 billion from $9.22 billion.
General Dynamics' Combat Systems business unit which makes tanks, saw its revenue fall 12% compared to the same period a year ago.
Net earnings rose to $766 million, or $2.75 per share, in the second quarter, from $737 million or $2.61 per share, a year earlier.
Revenues at weapons makers are expected to increase in the coming years as military spending globally spurred by the conflict in Ukraine hits the bottom line.