General Dynamics UK- led team to deliver pioneering project for UK Network Enabled Capability
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has today been notified by the UK Ministry of Defence of its selection as a preferred bidder for the Assessment Phase of the LISTENER programme. LISTENER will network a number of UK intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) systems with US / NATO allies and automatically fuse sensor data in order to rapidly create actionable intelligence for commanders. LISTENER is a pioneering project in the delivery of UK Network Enabled Capability.
The Assessment Phase (AP) is a 10-month, £1m funded programme which will concentrate on system solution definition and risk reduction in preparation for Main Gate, scheduled for 2009. A number of technology options will be evaluated by the General Dynamics UK LISTENER team during the AP including elements of the US Network Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT) capability. Contract award for the AP is expected by September 2007.
The General Dynamics UK team for the LISTENER AP is led by its Mission Systems business unit based in Hastings, England and also incorporates:
– EADS DS (UK)
– Systems Consultants Services (SCS) Ltd
– VEGA Group PLC
– Marshall Solutions
– General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
The General Dynamics UK team features expertise from a number of leading UK companies in addition to support from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems from the US. The team philosophy is to deliver a solution that embeds elements of proven US technology within a UK designed and owned LISTENER system architecture and through life management plan. This approach will minimise risk and maximise value and capability to UK MOD.
Dr Sandy Wilson, President and Managing Director of General Dynamics UK Limited, said “We are delighted to have been down-selected for the LISTENER AP and to have the opportunity to demonstrate our innovative approach to the MOD. As a proven UK prime contractor and systems integrator in the C4ISTAR sector, we have the expertise to address the complex sensor fusion, networking and systems integration challenges of LISTENER. We also have the support of our team members who are all recognized leaders in their fields.”
Notes to Editors:
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a leading player in the UK’s knowledge economy and industrial base. Established in the United Kingdom for over 40 years, it employs more than 1,700 people at eight facilities. A prime contractor and complex systems integrator, working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other allies, growing key intellectual property, skills and capabilities in its UK research facilities and workforce, whilst harnessing world-leading technology.
General Dynamics UK leads a key MoD Defence Technology Centre research consortium and, together with a growing C4I export programme, plays acentral role manufacturing and developing technology to deliver Network Enabled Capability and ISTAR in the battlespace. In addition, the Company is competing for the opportunity to supply and integrate the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the British Army.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. 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.