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General Dynamics Awarded $20 Million Contract to Analyze Target Recognition and Combat Identification Technologies

DAYTON, Ohio – General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded the Target Recognition and Advanced Identification Development and Evaluation (TRAIDE) contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The contract is valued at $20 million over a 64-month period of performance.

General Dynamics will conduct operational and technical analyses of advanced combat identification systems to determine which technology concepts perform best in realistic Air Force missions. This includes defining combat identification requirements, assessing operational effectiveness of combat identification technologies, planning and conducting ground and flight data collections, developing target recognition algorithms, developing and populating signature data bases, and supporting transition of combat identification technologies and systems to the warfighter.

General Dynamics and its predecessor companies in Dayton have been doing related work for the Air Force Research Laboratory since 1997.

“General Dynamics, in conjunction with our industry partners and Air Force researchers, is providing the leadership and technical solutions for the next generation of critical combat identification systems for the Air Force,” said Mark Kusiak, vice president of sensing and imaging systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. “Our team is well positioned to help the Air Force analyze and quickly utilize the most promising and cost-effective combat identification technologies.”

TRAIDE’s operational and technical analyses are being performed at the General Dynamics facilities in Dayton, Ohio, and Ypsilanti, Mich. Teammates on the program include Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md.; Exemplar Systems, LLC, New Carlisle, Ohio; RNP Engineering, Inc., Beavercreek, Ohio; Aerial Productions International, Inc., Marana, Ariz.; and Dr. Hugh Washburn, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the company specializes in ground systems; imagery processing; mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is available on the Internet at

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 can be found online at

October 29, 2007
Contact: Mike Greenwood
Tel: (480) 284-0782

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