$130 Mil to General Dynamics for US Marine Network

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Sep 20, 2006
General Dynamics Awarded $130 Million Contract to Produce Tactical Data Network Systems for the U.S. Marine Corps

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Marine Corps to produce units of the next generation Tactical Data Network (TDN)-Data Distribution System-Modular (DDS-M), a modular, scalable Internet Protocol (IP) communications and networking system. The initial award value of the contract is $130 million; it has a total potential value of $375 million if all options are exercised.

The TDN-DDS-M system enables deployed Marines to establish secure, networked voice, data, video conferencing and other communication capabilities among commanders, joint and coalition forces.

“The TDN-DDS-M connects Marines to essential tactical networks wherever they deploy using advanced communication and networking technologies, at significantly reduced size, weight and power consumption than earlier versions,” said Scott Butler, a vice president of Computing Technologies for General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Based on commercial-off-the-shelf equipment, the TDN DDS-M comprises routers, switches, computers, power supply and other equipment needed to access the Defense Information System Network (DISN), Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), as well as coalition and joint-forces networks. The TDN-DDS-M system is an upgraded version of the Tactical Data Network (TDN)-Data Distribution System-Replacement (DDS-R), the contract for which was first awarded to General Dynamics in November 2006.

Initial deliveries of TDN-DDS-M systems are scheduled for the third quarter of 2008. The work will be done in Taunton, Mass.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. With more than 11,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in command and control, communications networking, computing and information assurance for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion. 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 the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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