FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as an awardee for the Manufacturing Technologies for Remotely Piloted Vehicles contract. The five-year, multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a total potential value of $45 million among all awardees.
General Dynamics will develop new design methods to improve supply chain and manufacturing techniques for all aspects of Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Aircraft (RPVs/RPA), including airborne and ground components. In addition, General Dynamics will provide program management, systems engineering and research and development services. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The company plans to hire approximately ten additional employees to support this contract.
"General Dynamics has a long, proven history with the Air Force Research Laboratory," said Ken Hess, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Information Technology's Air Force Joint Services sector. "We will deliver new design methods and improvements to supply chain and manufacturing techniques in an effort to reduce costs and improve the efficiency and availability of remotely piloted vehicles for the U.S. Air Force."
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the AFRL is a scientific research organization dedicated to the discovery, development and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies. Composed of eight technical directorates, one wing and the Office of Scientific Research, the AFRL specializes in performing research experiments in conjunction with universities and contractors. General Dynamics currently provides the AFRL with laboratory management and full life-cycle research and development activities for the Air Vehicles, Materials & Manufacturing and Sensors Directorates.
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