General Dynamics Canada Strengthens Halifax-Class Modernization Bid with Addition of Raytheon



    CSI Halifax Team Prepares Response To Government Request For Proposal

    OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - General Dynamics Canada today announced that
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, an industry leader in equipment and
integration expertise, has joined the CSI Halifax Team that is responding to
the Canadian Navy's $1.1 billion Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) - Combat
Systems Integration (CSI) program.
    Acting as the prime contractor, General Dynamics Canada is leading a team
that also includes defence industry suppliers Thales Netherlands, Thales
Canada and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. The strategic
addition of Raytheon further strengthens the CSI Halifax Team as Raytheon
brings with it proven combat systems integration experience with shipyards
worldwide.
    "The CSI Halifax Team has been carefully selected to leverage Canadian
experience and international best practices that will mitigate risk and
deliver a best in class solution to the Canadian Navy," said John Watts,
president of General Dynamics Canada. "With Raytheon, we add recent and
relevant naval experience specific to Canada's HALIFAX-class frigates,
providing important continuity for the Canadian Navy and further mitigating
risk to the program."
    Raytheon is intimately familiar with the HALIFAX-class frigates, having
manufactured the SPS-49 radar, Sea Sparrow Missile, Mk 46 torpedoes and the
Phalanx close-in weapons system that are currently onboard the ships.
    The federal government is proceeding with mid-life upgrades to the
HALIFAX-class naval frigates, including HCM/FELEX Combat Systems Integration
(CSI) program, a technology insertion project that aims to replace the
frigate's Command and Control system and provide enhanced support to the
Command Task Group (CTG) at sea and in littoral environments. A Request for
Proposal (RFP) on HCM-CSI was issued last week.
    Canada's twelve HALIFAX-class frigates, which were commissioned between
1992 and 1996, form the backbone of the Canadian Navy's surface combat force.
Now at mid-life, the ships require an upgrade to respond to naval threats that
today are faster, stealthier, more maneuverable and often occur in demanding
littoral environments.
    Headquartered in Ottawa, Raytheon Canada employs 1400 people across the
country with a significant presence in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia
and Ontario. The CSI Halifax Team is leveraging its cross-Canada foot print
and the combined talents of 4,800 employees to offer the Canadian Navy the
preferred solution for the HCM-CSI program.

    About General Dynamics

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs
approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of more than
$27.2 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine
systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the
company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.





For further information:

For further information: Amy MacLeod of General Dynamics Canada, (613)
596-7898, Fax (613) 596-7775, amy.macleod@gdcanada.com, Web Site:
http://www.generaldynamics.com, http://www.gdcanada.com

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