General Dynamics wins additional FCS integration work

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 21 April 2005. General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded an additional $75 million for command and control systems integration work related to the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 21 April 2005. General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded an additional $75 million for command and control systems integration work related to the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.

The expanded scope of work includes delivery of the largest battle command software package for FCS. Boeing and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), prime contractors for FCS, made the award.

"Our expanded work scope underscores the value of information flow for the warfighter, which enables forces to move quickly in a variety of missions," said Manny Mora, vice president of General Dynamics C4 Systems responsible for Battle Management Systems. "Through software integration, commanders and staff can operate in a distributed and collaborative planning environment, assessing threats and alternatives while keeping the mission plan current and on target."

General Dynamics leads system integration for the Planning and Preparation Services (PPS) program, now valued at more than $156 million, and the Sensor Data Management program, now valued at $25 million.

For the PPS program, General Dynamics will apply its expertise in service-based architectures to deliver the single largest software investment within FCS Battle Command. Battle Command is the most software-intensive segment of the FCS network implementations. The PPS supports the warfighters' ability to collaborate on battle plans and distribute the plans to all FCS elements within the Unit of Action.

As the lead for the Sensor Data Management program, General Dynamics will build the backbone system of software to deliver sensor data to all networked FCS air and ground vehicles.

FCS is the core building block of the Army's future force, which uses advanced communications and technologies to link warfighters in all military services with both manned and unmanned ground and air vehicles and sensors. Intended as a networked system of systems, the Army announced plans in July 2004 to accelerate the maturation and delivery of selected Future Combat Systems technologies to the current force, beginning in 2008 to benefit more than 30 modular combat brigades by 2014.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. With more than 9,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in command and control, communications networking, space systems, 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 70,200 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. For more information, see www.generaldynamics.com.

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