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General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million System Integration Contract

General Dynamics : 11 June, 2006  (New Product)
General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million System Integration Contract for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program
FAIRFAX, Va. - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $13 million contract modification to provide program management, systems engineering, software engineering, specialty engineering, integration and test, integrated logistics support, training and installation-support functions required for Block 1A, 1B1 and 1B2 of the Surface Electronic warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

SEWIP is a spiral-development block upgrade program for the AN/SLQ-32 Electronic warfare (EW) system installed on all combatant and auxiliary ships in the U.S. Navy. The AN/SLQ-32 has been the Navy's primary EW and anti-ship missile defense system since the early 1980s.

Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2007.

'The SEWIP program is providing block upgrades to the fleet using a rapid capability insertion process to improve the Electronic warfare capability and to provide an open system that will enable cost effective upgrades,' said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of Maritime Digital Systems at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

The Block 1A upgrades, which were approved for full-rate production in August, replace the original processor with the Electronic Surveillance Enhancement processor and the display console with the AN/UYQ-70, both of which are integrated with improved control and display software. Block 1B adds Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) capability and will be deployed initially in Block 1B1 as stand-alone AN/SSX-1 systems. These Block 1B systems will integrate SEI and other capabilities in Block 1B2, which is currently undergoing factory qualification testing.

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
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