General Dynamics UK Leads Team Awarded LISTENER Assessment Phase Contract
LONDON, United Kingdom – General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), has been awarded a contract for the Assessment Phase of the UK Ministry of Defence’s LISTENER programme. LISTENER is a pioneering programme that will join a number of UK intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) systems with coalition partners who can fuse sensor data to create rapid and actionable intelligence for commanders. The LISTENER Assessment Phase is a 10-month, £1 million funded programme that will concentrate on system solution definition and risk reduction activities for Main Gate approval in 2009.
General Dynamics UK’s Mission Systems business is the prime contractor and a principal provider of ISTAR systems. The firm will evaluate a number of technology options as part of its efforts to identify the optimal solution for UK Armed Forces.
The selection of General Dynamics UK highlights its key strengths in systems integration and tactical datalinking in both the land and air domains. General Dynamics has a great deal of experience in complex systems integration resulting in the successful delivery of the UK’s Bowman tactical communications and data system. General Dynamics UK, leads a team which includes partner companies EADS DS UK, SCS Ltd, VEGA Group PLC, Marshall Solutions and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. As one of two preferred bidders for this phase of LISTENER, the team brings unrivalled expertise in networking and interoperability in the complex military environment.
Dr Sandy Wilson, President and Managing Director of General Dynamics UK Limited, said “We are delighted to have been awarded a contract for the LISTENER Assessment Phase. This is a crucial element in the future of UK Network Enabled Capability, as we work to bring systems together to offer rapid information to the intelligence community, enhance military operations and provide our Armed Forces with greater capability.”
About General Dynamics
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a leading player in the UK’s knowledge economy and industrial base. Established in the United Kingdom for over 40 years, it employs more than 1,700 people at eight facilities. A prime contractor and complex systems integrator, working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other allies, growing key intellectual property, skills and capabilities in its UK research facilities and workforce, whilst harnessing world-leading technology.
General Dynamics UK leads a key MoD Defence Technology Centre research consortium and, together with a growing C4I export programme, plays a central role manufacturing and developing technology to deliver Network Enabled Capability and ISTAR in the battlespace. The Company is widely recognised as a leading contender to supply and integrate the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the British Army.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 83,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.
26 October 2007
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