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General Dynamics Team to Develop Second Radar System for the U.S. Army Range Radar Replacement Program — Press Release

With unprecedented fidelity and detail, next-generation radar system will track munitions and other military test targets at leading Army test ranges.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems received a contract modification to the Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) to develop a new High/Medium Power Close-in Radar system. The Close-in radar system is mobile and will provide unprecedented fidelity when tracking munitions and other targets at a range of 37 miles or more. The contract modification is valued at $16 million and funds the engineering, development and initial manufacture of the new radar system. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

“The Close-in radar system is the second in a new generation of range instrumentation radars that deliver cost-effective, digital technologies and systems needed to meet the Army’s goal of modernizing test ranges in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Maryland,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

The Close-in radar system joins the Fly-out radar system, which was the first range instrumentation radar system ordered using the RRRP contract. The Close-in radar system will acquire information about the launch and early stages of flight for munitions and other low-flying objects. The Fly-out radar system, which has just completed the requirements phase of development, is capable of tracking up to 40 test objects over a range of 60 miles. The new mobile radar systems eliminate the cost and downtime associated with maintaining and moving decades-old, antiquated radar systems that are currently in place at Army test ranges.

A General Dynamics-led team was awarded the Range Radar Replacement Program in June 2012. The program replaces an aging fleet of radar systems currently operating at U.S. Army test ranges located at White Sands Test Center, N.M.; Yuma Test Center, Ariz.; Aberdeen Test Center, Md.; and Redstone Test Center, Ala.

The General Dynamics RRRP solution leverages XSTAR family of instrumentation radar developed by STAR Dynamics.

The General Dynamics team is led by General Dynamics C4 Systems, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and includes STAR Dynamics of Hilliard, Ohio; Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta; and EO Imaging of Melbourne, Fla. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kilgore, Longview and Richardson, Texas; State College, Pa.; Hilliard, Ohio; Reston, Va.; Fort Walton Beach and Melbourne, Fla.; and Atlanta.

More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems is available online at www.gdc4s.com.

Information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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U.S. Marine Corps Selects General Dynamics Team to Build Next-Generation Aviation Subsystems — Press Release

For the first time, Marine Corps aviation command-and-control organizations will share real-time air and ground picture during missions.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A General Dynamics C4 Systems-led team received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to build up to four Engineering Development Models and nine Limited Deployment Units of the Processing and Display/Sensor Data Subsystem (PDS/SDS) for Increment 1, Phase 2 of the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S). When built and fully operational, the General Dynamics system will deliver a real-time picture of events taking place at sea, in the air and on land during a mission, enabling faster, more informed decision making for Marine Corps commanders and their staffs. The contract has a total potential value of $61.4 million if all options are exercised.

“We have worked side-by-side with the Marines for many years and have a unique understanding of the complexity and intensity of their overall mission. By supporting swift and decisive movement from the sea, the air and on the ground, this next-generation command-and-control system is a key enabler of the Marine Corps’ amphibious capabilities,” said Chris Marzilli.

The PDS/SDS is the aviation command-and-control enabler for three mission-critical air command and control organizations that support Marines on the ground. The Tactical Air Command Center provides airspace management, the Direct Air Support Center controls air assault and other airborne operations and the Tactical Air Operations Center performs air surveillance and controls air-to-air fighter and air defense.

The General Dynamics-designed subsystem will increase the mobility and agility of Marines operating on land, in the air and at sea. It is also smaller, lighter and more energy efficient compared to earlier stove-piped systems. The complete CAC2S is based on commercial-off-the-shelf components that deliver manufacturing and operational efficiencies and reduce training and logistics support costs.

The General Dynamics-led team includes Fulton, Md.-based Raytheon Solipsys; Smartronix, Inc., of Stafford, Va.; Ternion Corp., of Huntsville, Ala.; and Engility of San Diego.

For more information about General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), please visit www.gdc4s.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Acquires Open Kernel Labs, Inc. — Press Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has acquired Open Kernel Labs, Inc. (OK Labs), expanding its capabilities as a provider of secure mobile devices for public safety, civilian, military and commercial customers as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI) for the commercial market. OK Labs, a Chicago-based, privately held corporation, is a leading provider of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed.

OK Labs will become part of General Dynamics Broadband, a subsidiary of General Dynamics C4 Systems. This transaction enhances General Dynamics’ ability to meet growing government and military needs for secure computing on commercial handheld devices.

OK Labs’ “Defense-Grade” solutions for commercial devices enable secure separation of corporate data and applications from a user’s personal data stored or accessed on the same device. This feature broadens General Dynamics’ range of device offerings in the expanding public-safety broadband market and mobile device markets, and complements General Dynamics’ 40-year history of providing encryption technology to protect voice and data communications classified up to the Top Secret level.

“Government and corporate CIOs want the advantages of today’s commercial mobile devices without having to sacrifice the integrity and security of their networks,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “OK Labs’ market-leading expertise in implementing security on commercial devices delivers ease of use and reduced cost to customers.”

OK Labs’ software is deployed on more than 1.6 billion government and commercial devices worldwide. Their technology supports a “bring-your-own-device” environment, allowing smart phones and other portable computing devices to be securely used for personal and business applications simultaneously. OK Labs’ solutions also make it easier for engineers to design, deploy and maintain software for these platforms.

OK Labs also provides automotive virtualization solutions by enabling the separation of dashboard applications (multimedia, infotainment) from core automotive functions without compromising safety, security or reliability.

More information about General Dynamics Broadband is available at www.gd-broadband.com.

General Dynamics C4 Systems (www.gdc4s.com) designs, manufacturers and delivers trusted and secure communications systems, command and control systems and operational hardware to customers within the U.S. Department of Defense, federal and civilian agencies, the intelligence community and international customers.

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General Dynamics Awarded $176 Million Contract from U.S. Coast Guard for Support of the Rescue 21 System — Press Release

Contract provides for the system maintenance and related management services needed to keep the life-saving Rescue 21 system operational and technically current.

TAUNTON, Mass., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide ongoing sustainment services for the national Rescue 21 search and rescue system. General Dynamics, the prime contractor for the system’s design, development and deployment, will continue to provide field service personnel, technical support and maintenance of the system. Rescue 21 currently comprises 232 fixed towers and related facilities that enable the Coast Guard to monitor the nation’s coastline and inland waterways; it also serves as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first nationwide command, control and communications network. The four-year contract has a total potential value of $176 million if all options are exercised.

“The Rescue 21 system’s 232 fixed towers have enabled life-saving assistance for countless boaters from Seattle to Key West to Massachusetts and many points in between,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “With this award we will continue our collaboration and support of the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system and its expanding role within the Department of Homeland Security.”

The Rescue 21 system will be a network of 32 Coast Guard sector command centers, 167 stations and more than 260 fixed towers located along U.S. waterways and the shores of the Great Lakes, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Using advanced direction-finding technologies and digital communications, the Coast Guard rapidly and efficiently responds to emergency calls from mariners while coordinating with federal, state and local law enforcement and first responders. The system also supports the Coast Guard’s homeland security missions that include drug interdiction, defense readiness, marine environmental protection and law enforcement.

More information on the Rescue 21 system and border security solutions by General Dynamics C4 Systems is available online at www.gdc4s.com/Rescue21.

Additional information is available online about General Dynamics C4 Systems at www.gdc4s.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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NowForce Joins EDGE® Innovation Network — Press Release

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NowForce announced today it has joined the EDGE® Innovation Network, a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters and first responders

Washington DC, USA (PRWEB) May 01, 2012

NowForce announced today it has joined the EDGE® Innovation Network, a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters and first responders.

Assaf Shafran, CEO of Nowforce said, “We are thrilled to become a member of the EDGE Innovation Network and expect this collaboration will expedite integration of the NowForce system into many more wireless communication platforms and devices.”

The NowForce C4i Mobile Command and Control Smartphone System converts GPS-enabled mobile phone into emergency response networks for military, Emergency Medical Teams, fire, law enforcement and security organizations. NowForce gives users the ability to create and run missions from smartphones and operates over the “cloud.” This eliminates the need to purchase additional expensive hardware and ensures that \ responders are always connected. NowForce solutions run on Android, IPhone, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry platforms.

Pete Palmer, EDGE Innovation Network director, said, “The EDGE provides a new paradigm by using both physical and virtual environments where members and users can collaborate and innovate together to deliver new technologies and capabilities in months rather than years.”

Sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, there are eleven EDGE Innovation Centers worldwide and over 250 EDGE members. Recent new members include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Alexandria, Va.; NSM Surveillance, Inc., Spring Valley, Calif.; Aurizon Ultrasonics, LLC, Kimberly, Wis.; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix, Ariz. More information can be found online at http://www.edge-innovation.com.

About NowForce
NowForce is a global leader in on-demand emergency response mobile applications, transforming standard mobile phones into life-saving networks. NowForce’s user friendly and cost-effective solutions ensure optimum quality and rapid response for every type of agency regardless of size or scope, including EMS, fire, military, police and security. With its state-of-the-art SaaS (software-as-a-service) model plugging into responders’ existing GPS-enabled mobile phones, responders – whether in-vehicle, on-foot or off-duty – are always connected to their network. Founded in 2008, NowForce is privately funded and its expanding presence currently includes representatives in EMEA, APAC and North America. For more information, please visit:
http://www.nowforce.com.

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Force Protection Submits Bid for Canada’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Project — Press Release

Force Protection Submits Bid for Canada’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Project

LADSON, S.C., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Force Protection Industries, Inc., a FORCE PROTECTION, INC. (NASDAQ:FRPT) group company, today announced the submission of a bid and test vehicle to the Canadian Forces for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project.

Force Protection is offering the Canadian Forces a 6×6 variant of the battle proven Cougar wheeled combat vehicle developed by Force Protection to meet the TAPV requirements. Force Protection will be the design authority and have overall responsibility for the acquisition contract to supply the TAPV vehicles and maintain configuration control.

As Force Protection’s main Canadian partner, CAE will have overall responsibility for the comprehensive in-service support (ISS) solution, including: vehicle operator and mission training systems; engineering information environment; fleet management services; systems engineering support; and, lifecycle and integrated logistics support services. CAE will also be responsible for assembling a pan-Canadian team of companies to develop and support any country-specific requirements for Canada’s replacement fleet of tactical armored patrol vehicles.

Force Protection and CAE previously announced a collaboration that includes Elbit Systems as the provider for a dual remote weapons system (DRWS) and Lockheed Martin Canada as the provider of C4ISR suite for the Timberwolf vehicle. Elbit Systems’ Land and C4I DRWS was chosen based on its superior performance, reliability and ease of integration. Lockheed Martin Canada was chosen as the C4ISR integrator for Timberwolf based on its recognized capability in the development, production and support for integrated C4 systems.

Randy Hutcherson, Chief of Business Development for Force Protection, said, “Partnered with CAE, Force Protection is pleased to formally submit Timberwolf as the optimal solution for the TAPV project. Along with our key providers, we are committed to offering the Canadian Forces a highly-protected and reliable vehicle, as well as Industrial and Regional Benefits that will contribute to investment in Canadian industry and provide further experience and capability in the armored vehicle market.”

A contract award to the final selected bidder for the TAPV requirement is currently expected by the second quarter of 2012.

About Force Protection, Inc.

Force Protection, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, including blast- and ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, including the Buffalo, Cougar, Ocelot and the related variants of each, are designed specifically for reconnaissance and other operations and protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (commonly referred to as roadside bombs). Complementing these efforts, the Company is designing, developing and marketing the JAMMA, a new vehicle platform that provides increased modularity, transportability, speed and mobility. The Company also develops, manufactures, tests, delivers and supports products and services aimed at further enhancing the survivability of users against additional threats. In addition, the Company provides long-term life cycle support services of its vehicles that involve development of technical data packages, supply of spares, field and depot maintenance activities, assignment of skilled field service representatives, and advanced driver and maintenance training programs. For more information on Force Protection and its products and services, visit www.forceprotection.net.
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GD Wins Army Computer Contract

On Monday the U.S. Army awarded General Dynamics (GD) C4 Systems division a contract to provide computer hardware, services and software to all parts of the service. The contract is a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract that will last five years. If all of the potential work under the contract is executed it could be worth almost $6 billion.

This is the Command Hardware Systems-4 (CHS-4) contract and is a follow on to CHS-3 awarded to GD back in 2003. GD was the only bidder on CHS-4.

The way an ID / IQ contract is set up it allows different organizations to order equipment and services but there is no requirement or guarantee that anything will be ordered. GD could end up getting little or no work through the contract it just depends on what people need and when they need it. On the other hand if the Army uses it to provide whole sale replacement of equipment GD could be awarded tens of millions in work.

The advantage of the contract is that it requires GD to be able to provide the newest, advanced technology across the five years consistent with commercial products. This means that the Army has an easy, direct source to acquire that for their computer, communication and network needs. It also should be at reasonable prices as most of the items will be strait from the commercial market.

Many times in the past DoD has used ID / IQ contracts to qualify multiple companies and teams to provide the work to allow the Government customer to pick and choose who will provide the best service at the best price. Here GD is the only company and will provide overall management of the contract.

Ideally the way the contract is structured should lead to the acquisition of equipment at efficient prices and in a timely manner. It saves the different parts of the Army from setting up their own contracts or using other vehicles such as the GSA schedule to buy this type of item.

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General Dynamics to Acquire Fortress Technologies, Inc.– Press Release

June 15, 2011 by · Comment
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General Dynamics to Acquire Fortress Technologies, Inc.

FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Fortress Technologies, Inc., a provider of secure wireless networking equipment for the U.S. military and other government customers. The value of the cash transaction, which is expected to be accretive to General Dynamics’ earnings beginning in 2012, has not been disclosed.

The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to normal regulatory review. General Dynamics expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.

Fortress Technologies produces a portfolio of mesh networking products that enable secure wireless local area network (LAN) capabilities for battlefield logistics, convoy, command post and soldier applications. Built on commercially available technologies, Fortress Technologies’ ruggedized products improve soldiers’ combat effectiveness and survivability by increasing their access to information. The company is based in Westford, Mass., and has approximately 70 employees.

Fortress Technologies will be managed by General Dynamics C4 Systems, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. General Dynamics C4 Systems designs, manufactures and delivers trusted and secure communications systems, command and control systems and operational hardware to customers within the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community and federal civilian agencies, and to international customers.

“Fortress Technologies successfully delivers commercially developed, commercially priced secure
Wi-Fi/WiMAX networking capabilities that extend the reach of our current broadband tactical-internet offerings,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “Our high-priority military and civilian users require cyber-protected access to 4G internet services. Fortress effectively provides them with highly secure ‘hot spots’ downrange over the last tactical mile.”

“This acquisition will enhance General Dynamics’ ability to meet the growing tactical-communications requirements of global defense and civilian agencies, bringing new value to our advanced networking solutions. Fortress Technologies also will continue its current model of selling products to other DoD prime contractors and integrators,” Marzilli said.

Fortress Technologies is the wireless-technology provider for the Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface (CAISI) system, the Army’s only certified tactical wireless LAN. Since 2001, Fortress Technologies has delivered over 55,000 units as a subcontractor on this program. Designed for the transport of logistics data, the CAISI systems connect brigades, battalions and companies increasing the efficiency of the Army logistics systems that support soldiers in the field. The company provides technology across the federal market to customers including the U.S. Marine Corps, the Navy, the National Guard, combatant commands and the Department of Energy.

The company is also a member of the EDGE Innovation Network sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems. The EDGE is a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to first responders.

More information about Fortress Technologies is available at www.fortresstech.com.

More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems is available at www.gdc4s.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.gd.com.

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Defense and Space Related Layoffs Announced by Big Defense Contractors

Several announcements have been made in the last few days of planned layoffs and work force reductions by large defense contractors in the United States. Some of these have only been for small amounts of employees but in total they reflect a large amount of job losses in a short time. They further illustrate the cyclical nature of the defense business where permutations in the budget may affect areas disproportionately when it comes to the local economy.

Both General Dynamics (GD) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced major cuts to parts of their companies. GD plans to reduce its C4 Systems group by about 500 positions or roughly five percent. The jobs will be eliminated over the next two weeks. The group has job locations across the U.S. and Canada and most will be affected. The total workforce will be affected with engineers, management and support staff positions eliminated. GD says that the move is not necessarily related to the loss of one individual contract but is due to a need to begin reducing their costs so as to offer the government a better price as well as delays in the receipt of funding from the Defense Department.

Lockheed Martin citing some of the same reasoning plans to eliminate eight percent of their space systems division or 1,200 positions. These too will include the removal of twenty-five percent of their middle management. Many of the slots will be eliminated in Sunnyvale, CA; Pennsylvania and Denver, CO. The company says that the potential for less business in the near future is driving some of the cut backs and is seeing less orders for their products.

Boeing (BA) is planning on reducing its workforce at the Wichita, KS Defense, Space & Security’s Maintenance, Modifications and Upgrades (MM&U) facility. This operation performs military modifications and maintenance and will do much of the work on the new U.S. Air Force KC-46A tankers. Boeing says that it plans for the facility to perform less work then in the past which is why it is cutting back. Not all employees will be laid off as the company may place them elsewhere and also rely on retirements and voluntary separation to cushion the blow.

BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) has announced that due to the end of contracts to produce body armor for the U.S. military it may end up closing a plant in Tennessee and laying off its entire work force. As the United States leaves Iraq and Afghanistan demand for such products will lessen. BAE is looking for other work for the plant but if it cannot be found they will just close it and eliminate the 132 jobs there.

The U.S. defense budget has been very cyclical in the past. This has led to situations where work forces are increased rapidly to meet specific needs for equipment or systems. Then the funding is reduced and the work goes away. There are many towns in the United States that have gone through this process. The effect on some of them has been quite drastic as the money flowing in and being spent is suddenly cut off. People are forced to move as there are often no similar jobs available in the area which can depress the real estate market.

At a time when the U.S. economy is already struggling with ten percent unemployment these kind of job cuts and losses are not helpful. Many of these are high paying, well benefited positions that will be hard to replace. The pressure on the U.S. defense budget though to shrink will only increase over the next several years as the U.S. begins to confront its large budget deficits. Stories like this will be only more common in the next months.

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BAE Systems Continues to Win U.S. Contracts

The United Kingdom’s largest defense contractor, BAE Systems (BAE:LSE), is facing some rough times ahead at home. The British government has planned a major restructuring of its defense forces and spending and this will hit the company hard in the near future. Already recent earning results are reflecting some of those changes. The company though continues to win work in the United States from that nation’s defense establishment.

Through its acquisition of American companies it has increased its penetration of the U.S. market and has become the prime contractor for the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) that has seen the U.S. Army invest millions in upgrading, modifying and maintaining the vehicle due to the heavy use of it in Iraq. The M2 was part of the heavy team of vehicles developed in the 1980’s and operates with the M1 Abrams tank. It has received improvements in armor, communications and C4 systems as part of the overall reactions to the threat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vehicles have also required major work at the depot level as units rotated through the combat zone. In the last week the company won another contract worth about $25 million to continue upgrading the vehicles.

BAE Systems also won a large IT support contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Under that entities “Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise” contract two tasks worth a total of $350 million if all options are exercised. The company and its partners will work to improve the DIA’s IT services and delivery with a goal of reducing cost, increasing automation and improving information sharing.

As the major U.S. defense contractors are planning for the coming reduction of U.S. defense spending by looking overseas to countries like India and the Gulf States they will be mirroring the successful growth of European companies in the United States. As the budget availability shifts to other sources often with the support of their home governments corporations will try to gain work from foriegn nations. Of course the total amount of dollars and contracts available will not be anywhere near as large as the former U.K. and U.S. defense spending most likely accelerating the consolidation in the defense sector if the U.S. really does reduce their defense spending.

It is easier to gain business in the world’s largest defense establishment then it is to try and compete world wide for a limited number of large contracts from diverse set of nations.

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General Dynamics Team to Demonstrate Sensor Data Subsystem Capabilities to the U.S. Marine Corps — Press Release

General Dynamics Team to Demonstrate Sensor Data Subsystem Capabilities to the U.S. Marine Corps

Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) delivers airspace management, close air support and air defense operations to standardize aviation command and control capabilities for the Marine Corps.

Scottsdale, Ariz. – A General Dynamics C4 Systems-led team has received a $5 million U.S. Marine Corps contract to develop an integrated technology demonstrator of the Sensor Data Subsystem (SDS). The subsystem is the last of three major subsystems that comprise Increment 1 of the Marine Corps’ Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S). The system will enable unprecedented coordination between aviation assault and close air support for Marines on the ground.

SDS processes and combines real-time sensor input from expeditionary radars and other weapon systems sources to form a common operational picture for commanders and their staffs at the Marine Air Control Group level.

Once the other two subsystems, the Processing and Display Subsystem and the Communications Subsystem, are integrated with the Sensor Data Subsystem, CAC2S will become a scalable, modular and flexible command and control system capable of rapid deployment.

CAC2S is High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)-based and transportable using helicopters, aircraft and amphibious ships, significantly increasing Marine Corps’ battlefield mobility. It also is smaller, lighter and more power-efficient than previous generations of Marine aviation command and control systems.

Manny Mora, vice president and general manager of Battle Management Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, “Once the Sensor Data Subsystem is combined with the other two subsystems, CAC2S will provide airspace management, close air support and air defense operations in one standardized system for Marine aviation command and control operations.”

The General Dynamics team includes Fulton, Maryland-based Raytheon Solipsys. Raytheon Solipsys is responsible for providing the Multi-Source Correlator Tracker, which tracks real-time radar inputs, and the Tactical Display Framework, a high-performance, real-time tactical display of air operations. Smartonix, Stafford, Va.; Ternion, Huntsville, Ala.; and L-3 Communications, San Diego, Calif., are also members of the team.

In 2009, General Dynamics was selected by the Marine Corps to provide nine Combat Operations Center (COC) Capability Set III systems as part of the government’s CAC2S initial integration of the Processing and Display Subsystem.

For more information about General Dynamics C4 Systems, please visit www.gdc4s.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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CACI Awarded $45 Million Contract to Continue Support for Common Ground Systems in U.S. Army Operations

November 2, 2010 by · Comment
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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $45 million task order contract to provide program management and technical engineering services to upgrade Common Ground Systems (CGS) with subsystems from the U.S. Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Ground Mobile system. With the support of key teammate General Dynamics C4 Systems, CACI received the one base-year (six-month option) award under its Strategic Service



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General Dynamics C4 Systems to Open Army Support Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground

General Dynamics C4 Systems to Open Army Support Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground
June 3, 2010

New office to support C4ISR programs that deliver advanced communications capabilities to U.S. soldiers.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., -General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today announced plans to open an office inside Aberdeen Proving Ground to support critical Aberdeen Proving Ground-based military technology programs that connect U.S. Army soldiers to one another and to the information they need to safely and effectively execute their missions. The company is relocating a core team from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to a new office building within The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

General Dynamics C4 Systems specializes in integrating command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies, products and systems.

The Army program-management operations that General Dynamics supports - known as "Team C4ISR" - are responsible for several key communications programs, including Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T), the Army's new broadband wireless tactical networking system; the Joint Tactical Radio System program, a family of interoperable, affordable software-defined radios; the Command Post of the Future, a collaborative online command and control system; and the Common Hardware/Software - 3 (CHS-3) program, which enables military users to access the latest commercial computer and networking advancements.

Larry Rhue, senior vice president of Strategic Development for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, "As military modernization moves ahead, we will go wherever the Army goes to ensure we are supporting the Communications- Electronics Command's 'Team C4ISR' to the best of our ability."

General Dynamics C4 Systems has leased 10,000-square feet of space in the new single-story office building at 6245 Guardian Gateway in Aberdeen Proving Ground. The company plans to move in this summer.

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First Prophet Enhanced System Delivered By GD

The U.S. Army awarded General Dynamic’s C4 Systems a contract earlier this year to build Prophet Enhanced signal and tactical intelligence systems. This contract has a value of almost $900 million over six years if all options are executed. Two days ago the first of these new systems were delivered to the Army ready to be mounted on a vehicle.

The Prophet is a flexible system that can be installed either in a ground mount or on a variety of military vehicles. These first systems will be mounted in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The Prophet builds off of earlier systems and combines Electronic Warfare (EW) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities. L3 and Northrop Grumman aid GD in building the Prophet.

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General Dynamics Awarded $54 Million by U.S. Marine Corps for Additional Combat Operations Centers — Press Release

General Dynamics Awarded $54 Million by U.S. Marine Corps for Additional Combat Operations Centers

Combat Operations Centers enable unprecedented situational awareness and information sharing from division headquarters to the regimental levels, throughout the battlespace –

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems will produce 24 additional Combat Operations Centers (COCs) for the U.S. Marine Corps under a new $54 million contract modification. The COCs will enable command and control operations for Marines deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, from division or air-wing headquarters to the regimental level. The COCs also support pre-deployment training at locations in the United States. This award modifies a contract initially granted to General Dynamics in 2002; the total value to date of that contract is now $741 million.

Each of the new COCs includes critical technology upgrades for greater command, control and communications interoperability that deliver improved networked communication among Marine Corps and Joint command-and-control systems.

COCs are the focal point of decision-making for Marine commanders and their staffs. The 24 new COCs include four capability set IIs, used at the division and aviation-wing levels of command; 10 capability set IIIs, used at the regimental level; and 10 capability set IVs, used by battalion or squadron commanders at the edge of the battlespace. The Marines currently own 295 Combat Operations Centers supporting pre-deployment training and operations at the battalion, squadron, regiment, group and Marine Expeditionary Brigade levels in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.

Each COC comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard Tactical Data Systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Tents, trailers, radios, power generation and other tactical hardware integrate with each COC for a single-system command-and-control capability.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) , is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. www.gdc4s.com

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

Source: General Dynamics C4 Systems

CONTACT: Fran Jacques of General Dynamics C4 Systems, +1-480-441-2885,
or Cell, +1-480-586-1886, [email protected]

Web Site: http://www.gdc4s.com/

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