General Dynamics-Rockwell Collins Team to Provide Computing Infrastructure for Army's Future Combat Systems Program

ARLINGTON, Va., July 17, 2003 -- A General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems-Rockwell Collins team has been selected to enter negotiations toward a contract to provide the Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will serve as the team lead and provide overall program management. Rockwell Collins will share approximately 50 percent of the program scope.

The selection was made by the Army Lead System Integrator team of Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation. The ICS component has a potential estimated value of $215 million and is expected to run through 2009.

FCS is a family of advanced, networked air- and ground-based systems for use by the Army's Objective Force. FCS will include manned and unmanned platforms for providing improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); battle command; and real-time sensor-to-shooter linkages.

The ICS will be the command, control, communications, computing and ISR infrastructure used by all FCS platforms. The ICS will provide computer processing, networking, information assurance, and data storage resources necessary to support the network-centric operations of the FCS System of Systems. Primary operations include communications, sensors, maneuver support and sustainment, battle command and control, training, and information assurance.

"Our team's architectural approach and emphasis on open standards facilitates the affordable, rapid deployment of advancing technology to increase interoperability, lethality and warfighting improvement throughout the FCS program's life," said John Stewart, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "Our overall strategy helps the Army maintain information dominance and security on the battlefield."

Greg Churchill, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Rockwell Collins Government Systems, added, "Our solution answers the Army's need for joint force interoperability. We offer powerful computing capabilities to communicate information over a reliable network ensuring situational awareness throughout a highly mobile combat force."

Other General Dynamics companies on the team include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Taunton, Mass., and General Dynamics Decision Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in the design, production and support of communications and aviation electronics solutions for government and commercial customers worldwide. Additional information is available at

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit in the General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology group. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 57,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2003 revenues of $15 billion. The company has leading market positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company can be found on the World Wide Web at

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