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

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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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