General Dynamics designs enclosures for air defense electronics

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 29 Sept. 2005. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $5.7 million design development subcontract for the co-design and fabrication of Height Reducible Electronic Enclosures (HREE) for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 29 Sept. 2005. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $5.7 million design development subcontract for the co-design and fabrication of Height Reducible Electronic Enclosures (HREE) for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

The contract was awarded by JVYS (a joint venture between Yulista Management Co., Anchorage, Alaska, and Science and Engineering Systems, Inc., Columbia, Md.), the prime contractor for the U.S. Army Prototype Integration Facility.

MEADS is a highly mobile theatre missile defense system developed to provide forward-deployed forces with protection against cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

General Dynamics' HREE will be integrated into MEADS to shelter operators and equipment and to shield the system's sensitive electronics from electromagnetic interference. A primary advantage of the General Dynamics HREE is that its height can be reduced by half, simply by lowering the enclosure top. This enables the shelter to meet a key MEADS requirement: the ability to be transported by C-130 aircraft without dismounting the unit from its prime mover vehicle.

The award includes integration of the HREE onto government-provided vehicles. Work will be performed at General Dynamics' Marion, Va., facility, a leading producer of lightweight shelter systems for military applications.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance armament systems; a full range of advanced composite-based products; biological and chemical detection systems; and mobile shelter systems. For more information, see www.gdatp.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 70,800 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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