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U.S. Air Force Awards General Dynamics Contract For Alternative Infrared Satellite System

December 8, 2006
Contact: Jessica Pantages
Tel: (703) 271-7316
Email: Jessica.Pantages@gd-ais.com

FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) was awarded a $23.3 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Calif., to support research and development efforts on the Alternative Infrared Satellite System (AIRSS) program. Under this contract, General Dynamics will perform system requirements reviews, system design reviews and solution refinements to define alternatives to the Space Based Infrared High (SBIRS-High) GEO-3 satellite program. The AIRSS program is intended to provide strategic and tactical missile warning and missile defense for the U.S., beginning in 2015.

General Dynamics will also evaluate space and ground system integration approaches for geosynchronous and highly elliptical orbit applications. The total contract duration is 18 months.

“General Dynamics will deliver an innovative and responsive AIRSS program to ensure the Air Force has the best options with the greatest risk-reduction from which to solicit a future missile warning program,” said Patricia Oleson, vice president for space systems at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

The work will be performed at General Dynamics facilities in Gilbert, Ariz. Teammates on the program include Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif.; Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, Garland, Texas; and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Linthicum, Md.

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 www.gd-ais.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 81,100 people worldwide and expects 2006 revenue of approximately $24 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. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.



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