General Dynamics awarded $13.4 million contract

General Dynamics Decision Systems has been awarded a five-year contract to build ground-combat operations centres for the US Marine Corps.

General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics has been awarded a five-year contract to build ground-combat operations centres for the US Marine Corps. The initial development phase is valued at $13.4 million.

According to a statement, the General Dynamics team will integrate computerised intelligence; information and communication systems into combat operations centres that provide enhanced situational awareness for deployed Marine forces.

The mobile operations centres will be the focal point of decision-making during all phases of ground warfare, allowing Marine forces to digitally collect, process and disseminate tactical data.

Called the Unit Operations Centre (UOC) program, the contract will be administered by the US Marine Corps Systems Command. The program will use an open-systems design that will readily accommodate future technology advancements beneficial to joint military operations.

Work under the contract will be done at General Dynamics Decision Systems in Scottsdale; Arizona and at US Marine Corps bases in Quantico and Stafford, Virginia; and Huntsville, Alabama.

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