General Dynamics Receives $75 Million U.S. Army Order on Common Hardware/Software 3 Contract


TAUNTON, Mass. - Nov. 27, 2007 - General Dynamics C4 Systems has received a $75 million order on the Common Hardware/Software 3 (CHS-3) contract from the U.S. Army for military hardware and software, including computers and network equipment for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Program.

The CHS-3 contract vehicle enables the U.S. military and government agencies to affordably access the latest commercial computer and networking advancements to establish common hardware/software computing platforms and networks throughout the battlefield. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM), headquartered at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., is the lead contracting authority for CHS-3.

"This go-to contracting vehicle continues to prove its relevance and fundamental value proposition time and time again," said Mike DiBiase, vice president of Computing Technologies for General Dynamics C4 Systems. "For more than 20 years the government and industry CHS team has fulfilled its original commitment and charter to rapidly equip warfighters with the right technology and post-delivery support for the mission at hand."

In addition to a complete line of commercial-off-the-shelf products, the CHS-3 contract provides an array of semi-rugged and fully rugged computing platforms and accessories that are qualified for use in a tactical environment. The technology insertion provision of the contract ensures that the very latest in COTS technology is applied to provide the U.S. military with the most powerful computing and networking resources available, while leveraging the price advantages that are naturally associated with high-volume commercial manufacturing.

The earlier CHS-2 contract, also awarded to General Dynamics, and the CHS-3 contract provide unique purchasing efficiencies and product volumes which have enabled General Dynamics to offer very competitive hardware pricing fully backed by an extended worldwide warranty and logistics support program, resulting in contract orders from the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. CHS-3 is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a potential value of $2 billion over the 10-year life of the contract. General Dynamics was selected as the prime contractor for CHS-3 through a competitive bidding process in 2003.

The CHS-3 product line includes rugged local area networks (LAN), server platforms, communication gateways, routers, laptops, faxes and various ancillary equipment including vehicle mounts, cables, and operational transit cases. Extensive system integration, product-testing services, end user support and program management is also available under the CHS-3 contract.

More information about CHS-3 is available at chs3.gdc4s.com.

About General Dynamics C4 Systems

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 83,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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