Maritime & Strategic Systems

High Assurance, High Consequence Integrated Solutions For Land, Sea And Air

Our Maritime and Strategic Systems business specializes in electronic systems integration for surface ships and submarines, as well as a broad array of subsurface, surface, air, airport and strategic subsystems. The business has substantial focus on open architecture computing, system integration, unmanned underwater vehicles, RF sensor processing, secure computing and integrated software solutions. Our customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, various government agencies, labs and international customers. The business employs over 2,000 professionals across multiple locations, including Pittsfield, MA, Quincy, MA, Bloomington, MN, Mobile, AL, Greensboro, NC, Fairfax, VA.

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Surface Systems

Our proven approach of combining open architecture with an open business model allows us to provide the military with the most capable, affordable and flexible solutions. With OPEN CI, our state-of-the-art surface systems serve as the technology backbone for the U.S. Navy's next generation of surface ships, including the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF).

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Undersea Systems

The complex weapon systems in use across the Navy's strategic, nuclear and conventional submarine fleet depend on General Dynamics and our proven capability for systems engineering and integration. We also provide software engineering, production and lifecycle support services for these systems.

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Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Bluefin Robotics designs and manufactures Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (UUV / AUV) provide undersea capabilities for defense, scientific and maritime customers worldwide.

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Airborne Systems

General Dynamics Aircraft Mission Computers are the nerve center of the Navy’s F/A - 18 Super Hornet and the Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier. Our mission computers provide aviators with the ability to see and control the battlefield with the advanced situational awareness and combat systems control that is necessary to complete their missions.

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Strategic Systems

General Dynamics has over 50 years of experience providing full life cycle support for strategic nuclear ballistic guidance and weapon control systems. Our proven capabilities enable us to support the U.S. Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) strategic weapon systems.


Carlo Zaffanella

Carlo Zaffanella is vice president and general manager of Maritime and Strategic Systems (M&SS) for General Dynamics Mission Systems. In this role, he leads a diverse array of programs serving the US Navy, the US Air Force, restricted customers, TSA, various government labs and a variety of international and commercial customers. 

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