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General Dynamics to Develop Prototypes for New Ground Sensor Systems

ARLINGTON, Va. – General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $2.5 million contract to develop prototypes of a new type of ground sensor called “Massively Deployable Unattended Ground Sensors” (MDUGS). The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Communications – Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, in Fort Belvoir, Va.

The MDUGS program includes a networked system of small and affordable sensor nodes for detecting, classifying, identifying, localizing and reporting threats. Remotely deployable using a variety of systems, the MDUGS nodes include acoustic and seismic sensors, radios, processors, and algorithms. The nodes operate together on an ad hoc and self-healing network.

The contract consists of a 20-month prototype development effort that includes the development, fabrication, integration, test, support and demonstration of MDUGS prototype units operating in a networked system. The resulting technology will be the foundation for future unattended ground sensor systems.

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems provides transformational mission solutions in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) to customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security and homeland defense communities. More information can be found at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 68,400 people worldwide and had 2003 revenue of $16.6 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.

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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 - Thursday, April 29, 2004
Press Contact: (703) 271-7452

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