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General Dynamics Receives $45M Contract to Begin Low-Rate Initial Production of Area Air Defense Commander (AADC) Capability

ARLINGTON, Va. – General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for engineering support services and the low-rate initial production of an integrated air defense planning and execution system called the Area Air Defense Commander (AADC) Capability system. The initial award value is $21 million; if all options are exercised, the contract will have a cumulative value of more than $45 million.

The system is currently deployed in the U.S. Navy fleet on USS Mount Whitney, USS Blue Ridge and USS Shiloh. General Dynamics will field additional systems and provide operational support under this award.

The AADC Capability system uses commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer technology to allow joint task force commanders to plan and coordinate air defenses across broad operational areas quickly. The system combines information from datalinks into an easily understood graphic representation of the theater. Friendly forces and hostile aircraft, cruise and theater ballistic missiles are identified, and their headings and impact zones are indicated in near real time, providing officers with a complete view of the action.

The AADC Capability, with full 3-D symbology, facilitates effective battle management by reducing planning time from days to mere hours and, in some cases, minutes.

The General Dynamics AADC Capability solution is a major enhancement in situational awareness and warfighting that meets the Navy’s current and future operational requirements. In addition, the effective application of automation technologies and innovative maintenance and support techniques will reduce future manpower requirements and lower total asset ownership costs.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems combines command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and information operations businesses to create command information, intelligence and surveillance solutions. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems provides joint, interoperable and integrated mission solutions.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 54,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2002 revenues of approximately $14 billion. The company has leading market positions in land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.

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Any "forward-looking statements" contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Monday, December 2, 2002
Press Contact: (703) 271-7442

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