General Dynamics bags $900 million order for joint global broadcast service program


General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General
Dynamics, was awarded a contract from the Global Broadcast Service (GBS)
Joint Program Office at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts for the
production of approximately 1,500 Transportable Ground Receive Suites (TGRS)
and 1,110 retrofit kits for systems already in the field.  


The competitively awarded, five-year indefinite delivery,
indefinite quantity contract has a total potential value of $900 million if the
maximum number of units is ordered.


Made fully-rugged and designed for rapid deployment
anywhere in the world, GBS TGRS comprises next-generation receive terminal
antennas along with receive broadcast management and cryptographic equipment
that is all packed into mobile transit cases.  


When deployed at the edge of the battlefield, the GBS
TGRS enables decision makers and frontline troops in joint operations to
receive mission-critical information.  


The systems equip tactical operators with high-speed,
high-volume multimedia communications and information flow among forces
deployed on posts or at stations, in transit or in theater.


“The Global Broadcast Service Suite provides secure
and reliable broadcast services to warfighters who operate in harm’s way.
General Dynamics C4 Systems looks forward to delivering this important
capability to soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who depend on it to carry
out their critical missions,” said Bill Weiss, vice president and general
manager of Communication Networks for General Dynamics C4 Systems.


The majority of the work on the contract will be
performed in Taunton, Mass. In addition, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies
in Richardson and Kilgore, Texas and in Newton, N.C., will provide the
antennas, RF equipment and transit cases while workers for the company’s
Computing Technologies business in Massachusetts will be responsible for
equipment integration, packing and environmental testing.


General Dynamics C4 Systems recently announced that it
has received
an order from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Joint Tactical Radio
System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman radio (AN/PRC-154)
and Manpack (AN/PRC-155) radio.


Following a recent Milestone C decision, the Low Rate
Initial Production (LRIP) order, which has an initial value of approximately
$56.4 million, calls for the production of 6,250 Rifleman and 100 Manpack
radios and includes expenses for non-recurring startup costs, accessories,
training, related equipment and supplies.


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