General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems successfully completed the U.S. Navy’s Critical Design Review of its Common Display System (CDS) display consoles. The Common Display System is an open architecture display system designed to ensure interoperability and enable frequent technology updates. The display consoles will be deployed on the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class and as part of the Navy’s fleet-wide Aegis modernization program. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

“During this successful design review, General Dynamics presented a solid technical solution and execution schedule,” said Capt. Pete Nardi, Program Execution Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS6). “I congratulate the entire government and industry team on successfully completing this significant milestone for the CDS program.”

The Common Display System product family consists of a series of display configurations based on standardized, interchangeable components. CDS meets the Navy’s current and future need for open systems, increased security features and cost effectiveness. With an intended service life of 30 years, the systems meet open architecture and open business model requirements with minimized lifecycle costs.

“By applying our open architecture framework to the Common Display System, we are delivering to the Navy a low-risk, flexible design with proven multi-level security functions and the ability to rapidly insert new capabilities,” said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of integrated combat systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. “With the completion of the Critical Design Review, we are on track to begin production this summer.”

The next significant milestone for the program is the Test Readiness Review.

In November 2007, General Dynamics was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with the total potential value of $83 million for the development, qualification, production and support of the Common Display System display consoles. General Dynamics is providing program management, engineering, manufacturing, integrated logistics support, tests and evaluations.

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.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at