General Dynamics Canada Awarded Contract on NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Program

General Dynamics Canada Awarded Contract on NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance 
Canadian technology to enable communications with unmanned systems and at 
operating centers 
OTTAWA, Ontario, Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - General Dynamics Canada has been awarded 
a CA$32 million contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation for key 
communications network technology for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance 
(AGS) program. 
Under this contract, General Dynamics Canada will provide the software that 
will control the AGS Communications Ground Control System (CGCS). The CGCS 
will manage radio and satellite communications between Global Hawk unmanned 
aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the main operating base in Sigonella, Italy.  
General Dynamics Canada will also deliver ruggedized computer workstations and 
the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) intercom systems that will enable 
communications between operators at the operating base and with mobile command 
centers. In addition, the company will provide engineering support for the 
integration of its software and systems at Northrop Grumman's facilities in 
the United States, and at the main operating base in Italy. 
"This contract highlights the capabilities of the world-leading communication 
solutions we have developed through many years of innovation in airborne ISR 
systems," said David Ibbetson, general manager for General Dynamics Canada. 
"It showcases Canadian technology that we have successfully deployed on the 
CP-140 Aurora as part of the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project, and on 
the CH148 Cyclone as part of the Maritime Helicopter Program.  At the same 
time, it provides us with the opportunity to leverage the experience and 
expertise of the highly skilled employees at our facilities across Canada.  As 
important, the key technologies being provided by General Dynamics Canada will 
be available for future UAV-based programs in Canada, such as the Joint 
Unmanned Surveillance Target Acquisition System and the Mercury Global 
Wideband Global Satellite communications system." 
"This is another example of how Northrop Grumman is leveraging national 
investments already made in the NATO AGS program to benefit the entire 
alliance," said Dan Chang, Northrop Grumman vice president and program manager 
of the NATO AGS program.  "We look forward to working with General Dynamics 
Canada on this program to deliver this critical capability to NATO." 
The NATO AGS program, led by Northrop Grumman, is a major international 
procurement initiative to establish an airborne ground surveillance system, 
which can provide NATO commanders with a comprehensive picture of activity on 
the ground.  It includes five Northrop Grumman high-altitude, long endurance 
Global Hawk UAVs, missionized to NATO requirements; Mobile Ground Command and 
Control Vehicles; as well as associated command and control base stations.  
Once deployed, the AGS system will enable NATO and its coalition partners to 
gather intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to support 
military and humanitarian operations. 
With its main operating base at Sigonella, NATO AGS will be co-located with 
the U.S. Air Force Global Hawks and the U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton (BAMS) Broad 
Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft systems, further advancing 
synergies across the three programs in operational capability, lifecycle 
logistics and sustainment. 
Development and production of the AGS program is expected to take place over 
the next three years, with initial operation scheduled for November 2016.  
General Dynamics Canada will continue to provide in-service support for the 
system beyond 2016. 
General Dynamics Canada is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business 
unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).  For information about General Dynamics 
Canada please go to 
Media, Tara Meinhardt, General Dynamics Canada, +1-403-295-5025, or Investors, 
Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics, +1-703-876-3748 
SOURCE: General Dynamics Canada 
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