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General Dynamics unit receives contract from FAA

Tuesday - 4/24/2012, 1:57pm  ET

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. said Tuesday that it has received a contract worth up to $363 million over a decade from the Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control radios.

The contract given to General Dynamics C4 Systems division is for air traffic control radios that will allow personnel to communicate with commercial and military aircraft throughout the National Airspace System.

"As the nation's airspace gets increasingly crowded, these radios have the built-in flexibility to accommodate the growing demand for high-quality, dependable ground-to-air communications," Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said in a statement.

General Dynamics received an initial $6 million to qualify and certify the radios for operation in the NAS. The contract is valued at up to $363 million if all options are exercised.

The contract is part of the FAA's Next Generation Air-Ground Communications Segment 2 program which includes replacing out of date air traffic control air-to-ground radios with radios using the latest technology.

Earlier this month General Dynamics said that its information technology division has received a contract from the Army to support the 160th Signal Brigade. The five-year contract is worth up to $64.5 million if all options are exercised. It also announced that its armament and technical products business received a contract with a potential value of more than $10 million from JetBlue Airways.

Shares of General Dynamics added 83 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $70.10 in afternoon trading Tuesday. Its shares are near the upper end of their 52-week range of $53.95 to $75.93.

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