General Dynamics Awarded $260M Air Force Contract For Deployable Communications Systems

Jul 03, 2002, 01:00 ET from General Dynamics Decision Systems

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics
 Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD), has been
 awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a potential
 value of $260 million by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for manufacturing and
 integrating Theater Deployable Communications Integrated Communications Access
 Packages (TDC ICAP).  At this time, $20 million has been obligated against the
     TDC is a state-of-the-art ground communications system that is flexible,
 portable and rapidly deployable.  Through the system, Air Force units can send
 and receive secure voice, data and video messages via wireless, satellite or
 other existing phone and wireline systems.  The TDC ICAP modules have been
 tested through the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) for interface
 with current U.S. Air Force legacy systems within all areas of operation
 requiring deployable communications.
     "In a military theater requiring constant, reliable communication, TDC
 ICAP is the ticket to the show.  It can be built from the ground up in the
 most severe conditions in a matter of hours," said Ron Taylor, vice president
 of communications systems for General Dynamics Decision Systems.  "TDC
 provides quick set-up for global communication capability for military users
 at the base and to command centers wherever they may be."
     The original USAF TDC ICAP contract, awarded in October 1996, was valued
 at $263.7 million and included the delivery of more than 1,700 units.
     General Dynamics Decision Systems, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a leader
 in products and systems for information assurance, communication and
 situational awareness for defense and industrial customers in the U.S. and
 abroad.  In addition to the Scottsdale Ariz. headquarters, General Dynamics
 Decision Systems has facilities in Huntsville, Ala., Orlando, Fla. and
 Columbia, Md., as well as other locations close to customer centers of
 operation.  Visit us on the web at .
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 54,000 people worldwide and had 2001 revenues of $12 billion.
 The company has leading market positions in land and amphibious combat
 systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding
 and marine systems, and business aviation.
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