General Dynamics awarded $45 million contract

The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics a contract worth up to $45 million for production of an integrated air defence planning and execution system.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for engineering support services and the low-rate initial production of an integrated air defence planning and execution system called the Area Air Defence Commander (AADC) Capability system.

The initial award value is $21 million; if all options are exercised, the contract will have a cumulative value of more than $45 million.

The system is currently deployed in the US Navy fleet on USS Mount Whitney, USS Blue Ridge and USS Shiloh. General Dynamics will field additional systems and provide operational support under this award.

The AADC Capability system is said to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer technology to allow joint task force commanders to plan and co-ordinate air defences across broad operational areas quickly.

The system combines information from datalinks into an easily understood graphic representation of the theater. Friendly forces and hostile aircraft, cruise and theater ballistic missiles are identified, and their headings and impact zones are indicated in near real time, providing officers with a complete view of the action.

Additionally, the AADC Capability, with full 3-D symbology, facilitates effective battle management by reducing planning time from days to hours.