General Dynamics to supply communication systems to US Air Force

2 December 2015 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2015 06:23)

General Dynamics Information Technology will support the US Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 3 programme with communication systems and subsystems, under a five-year contract.

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General Dynamics Information Technology will support the US Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 3 programme with communication systems and subsystems, under a five-year contract.

The company will provide single system management, maintenance, lifecycle and logistics support of the existing communications systems and subsystems used in North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) air defence missions.

A US and Canadian bi-national organisation, NORAD is involved in aerospace warning missions such as the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles.

"General Dynamics will continue to assist the air force by maintaining its existing systems and integrating current and new technology solutions."

Renewed in May 2006, the NORAD Agreement added a maritime warning mission.

Based in Hawaii, PACAF is one of the two major commands of the US, and has been in existence for more than 65 years. PACAF provides ready air and space power to support American forces in the Asia-Pacific region. It played an active combat role during Korean and Vietnam Wars and Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The company will also deliver communications to enable sustained command and control (C2) for air defence of the US, it said in a statement.

General Dynamics has been providing C2 enterprise communications, services and logistical support to the US First Air Force (AFNORTH) and PACAF.

General Dynamics Information Technology's advanced technology solutions vice-president and general manager Edward Hudson said: "General Dynamics will continue to assist the air force by maintaining its existing systems and integrating current and new technology solutions for the air defence network.

"Our highly experienced team understands the unique challenges facing the air force and this programme's significance in supporting critical national security objectives."

The task order issued in September has a potential value of $80m.


Image: PACAF's FW F-16s aircraft based at Osan Air Base in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force via Wikipedia.