Navy names General Dynamics for IT contract

NEEDHAM, Mass., 8 February 2005. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Network Systems a contract for the installation of shipboard physical security equipment aboard Military Sealift Command and Navy ships.

NEEDHAM, Mass., 8 February 2005. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Network Systems a contract for the installation of shipboard physical security equipment aboard Military Sealift Command and Navy ships.

The indefinite delivery/requirements contract has a performance period of five years and a potential value of $49.9 million. The contract was awarded by the Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane), Crane, Indiana.

Under the contract, General Dynamics will install computer-based security systems, including cameras, sensors, lights and other components, that will help ensure the safety of Military Sealift Command crew carrying cargo to Navy ships at sea. The cameras watch for intruders as well as monitor cargo, ammunition and other supplies on the ship. The system also connects to flood lights, triggered when an unidentified vessel comes too close to a ship. If the vessel does not identify itself, the captain can use the system to broadcast warnings in any one of 28 languages.

The installations will also make these ships compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Act, which took effect in July, requiring all ships over 500 tons to have a security system. Work will be completed at locations in the U.S. and abroad.

"General Dynamics has had a great partnership with the U.S. Navy for years," said Ted Hengst, a vice president for General Dynamics Network Systems. "The NSWC Crane award and the opportunities it brings are a direct result of past performance, and are a testament to the work we've already completed on Navy ships and shore facilities."

General Dynamics Network Systems is an IT architect and systems integrator of converged voice, video and data networks that are secure, scalable, survivable and interoperable. Its 6,000 dedicated professionals design, build, integrate, and operate enterprise and wireless networks for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information see www.gd-ns.com.

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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