General Dynamics Canada Awarded $30 Million Contract for Biological Agent Detection System

    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Canada, a business unit of
General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD), has been awarded a $30 million (US $26.3 million)
contract to supply its VP Bio Sentry system -- a real-time, biological agent
detection and sampling system readily configurable for static, mobile and
naval applications -- to the Canadian Forces' Vital Point Bio-Sentry Program. 
The General Dynamics VP Bio Sentry system has been designed to detect
aerosolized biological agents within seconds, providing soldiers time to don
protective equipment, as well as providing critical identification information
to help mitigate the effects of exposure.
    "Our company is committed to working with the Canadian Forces to address
emerging asymmetric threats from rogue nations and terrorists," said John
Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada.  "The VP Bio Sentry system is a
prime example of that commitment.  It clearly demonstrates the ability of
Canadian industry to work together with government R&D labs and the Canadian
Forces to develop world class solutions to emerging threats."
    The VP Bio Sentry system is based on leading-edge, real-time detection
technology developed in collaboration with Defence Research and Development
Canada in Suffield, Alberta, and combined with the best available rapid
identification technology.
    Earlier versions of this detection technology have been deployed for over
six years on Canadian Forces ships, utilized in urban operations and sold to a
number of international military customers.
    The program is a Canadian development and will result in regional
benefits throughout Canada.  The project will be executed at the facilities in
Calgary and Ottawa along with contributions from team member SIL in Saskatoon
and a key supplier in Quebec.
    General Dynamics Canada has operations in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax,
and Canberra, Australia and has in excess of 2,200 employees. The company is a
large scale integrator of command, control, communications, computing,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions.  More
information on General Dynamics Canada can be found online at
    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
approximately 81,000 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1 billion.
More information about the company is available online at

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