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General Dynamics IP-based Tactical Data Network Systems

General Dynamics : 29 November, 2006  (New Product)
General Dynamics Awarded $46 Million by U.S. Marine Corps for Production of IP-based Tactical Data Network Systems
November 29, 2006

TAUNTON, Mass. - General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $45.6 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for 150 units of the Tactical Data Network (TDN), Data Distribution System - Replacement (DDS-R) program. DDS-R will fulfill an urgent operational need for the Marine Corps in Iraq.

TDN DDS-R will provide deployed Marine forces with a modular, scalable Internet Protocol (IP) data transport capability that enables high-speed transfer of electronic data among users throughout a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). The system is analogous to the local- and wide-area networks that many businesses use to share, transfer and store electronic files and data.

'DDS-R provides the Marine Corps with the tactical communications technologies they need,' said John Martin, vice president and general manager of Communication Networks for General Dynamics C4 Systems. 'The new equipment will simplify access to network data for warfighters on the ground and will be interoperable with existing equipment to protect the Marines' investments.'

TDN DDS, the existing system, comprises a standardized suite of high-reliability Automated Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) and communication systems designed for use in a tactical environment. The TDN DDS-R will be a component of the overall Tactical Data Network and provides Internet Protocol (IP)-based data routing, information processing and storage capabilities. Consisting of rack-mounted computer equipment housed in portable transit cases, the system also will provide an extension of the Defense Information System Network (DISN) Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), as well as coalition and joint-forces networking capabilities.

The contract includes funding for work efforts required to design, integrate, test, produce and prepare associated documentation for DDS-R. Work will be done in the General Dynamics Taunton, Mass. and is expected to be completed by March, 2007.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. With more than 11,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in command and control, communications networking, space systems, computing and information assurance for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.
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