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General Dynamics - $16m Contract For Communication Terminals


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General Dynamics
: 11 January, 2007  (Company News)
General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million for Production of Tactical Satellite Communications Terminals
General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $15.5 million order for satellite communications terminals that will be used in the U.S. Marine Corps' Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) program. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Lifecycle Management Command, Ft. Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting authority. This requirement for equipment to support SWAN is part of a four-year, indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery contract that has a total potential value of $160 million if all options are exercised.

The terminals will provide deployed warfighters robust, beyond-line-of-sight communications for a broad spectrum of information services including video, multimedia, data and imagery.

'Reliable, easy-to-deploy communications products are vital to supporting tactical missions,' said Gary Kanipe, vice president of satcom technologies for General Dynamics C4 Systems. 'General Dynamics is the original equipment manufacturer for the VertexRSI antenna terminals and electronic products that comprise these terminals, ensuring a high-quality, reliable, on-the-move communications solution for customers.'

Under this order, the U.S. Marine Corps is requesting quantities of General Dynamics' Warrior 120 (1.2-meter) and Warrior 180 (1.8-meter) very small aperture (VSAT) flyaway terminals and 2.4-meter trailer-mounted terminals for quick-setup tactical communications.

The Marine's SWAN program is acquiring this equipment through the World-Wide satellite systems (WWSS) contract, which is intended to provide communications systems that are capable of overcoming existing and projected bandwidth constraints for Department of Defense transformation programs worldwide. WWSS is available to support all federal communications missions, including disaster relief and homeland security efforts.
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