The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a five-year, $27 million contract for performance-based logistics support of mission computers in Navy F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier aircraft. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Work will be performed in Bloomington, Minn., and will include the repair of advanced mission computers developed by General Dynamics for the F/A-18E, F/A-18F and EA-18G model aircraft, and the mission systems computer developed by General Dynamics for the AV-8B.

Under this performance-based contract, General Dynamics will be responsible for the logistics support of the systems, including making repairs, providing spare systems and modules, arranging transportation, managing obsolescence and controlling inventories. General Dynamics will focus on improving reliability and implementing processes that reduce turnaround time and repair costs.

Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of integrated combat systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, said, “General Dynamics looks forward to strengthening the government-industry partnership with the Navy and working together to meet the challenges ahead to support the sailors and Marines in the fleet. We have a solid history of providing highly reliable mission computers for the Navy’s airborne programs, and we are eager to use this new performance-based logistics contract to deliver systems that are ready when the Navy needs them.”

The General Dynamics airborne mission computers are ruggedized, high-performance/high- reliability mission and display-processing systems, built on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS)- based, open systems architectures and are configurable to any operating environment. The systems perform general purpose, input/output, video, voice and graphics processing and are designed to operate reliably in the extreme environmental conditions of today’s high- performance fighter aircraft.

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, Va., employs approximately 84,000 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion. More information about the company is available online at