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U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $28 Million for Open Architecture Track Manager

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U. S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $27.8 million contract to provide system integration and design agent services for the Open Architecture Track Manager (OATM). The track manager is an improved component within combat systems that receives and translates information from air, surface and subsurface sensors to create an integrated picture of the locations and paths of aircraft, ships and submarines in the battle space. The contract runs through June 2009 and has a total potential value of $95 million if all options are exercised.

“This program’s approach to open system design will revolutionize the way systems achieve joint interoperability. Our business model and open architecture framework will assist the Navy with integrating a single, cost-effective track manager that can be easily maintained and upgraded to meet emerging customer requirements,” said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of the Maritime Digital Systems strategic business unit of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

The OATM will potentially be installed on the DD(X), Littoral Combat Ship, CVN-21, Advanced Hawkeye and other Navy surface and air platforms. This contract provides for a phased integration of the track manager functionality. As part of this contract General Dynamics will monitor, assess and possibly integrate into the OATM related technology sponsored by the Joint Single Integrated Air Picture System Engineering Office and the Navy Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems, Command and Control (Networks/External Communications).

Systems engineering, architecture design, software engineering, development, integration, and testing work will be performed in Fairfax and Dahlgren, Va.; Bethpage, N.Y.; and St. Petersburg, Fla.. The General Dynamics-led team includes Northrop Grumman Corp., Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and Lakota Technical Solutions, Inc.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a leading provider of transformational mission solutions in command, control, communications, and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Customers include those in the defense, intelligence, homeland security and homeland defense communities. More information is available on the Internet at

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.

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General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Press Contact: (703) 271-7316

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