General Dynamics Canada Selected to Bid on Halifax Class Modernization -- Combat Systems Integration Program

    OTTAWA, Ontario and LONDON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Canada has
been selected by the Department of National Defence as one of only three
contractors to be allowed to bid on 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 heading the "CSI Halifax
Team" comprising leading defence industry suppliers Thales Nederland, Thales
Canada, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
    The HCM/CSI program will modernize the mission systems for the 12
Halifax- class frigates and significantly enhance the capability of the
frigates' command and control systems, radars, tactical data links, electronic
support measures and other operational mission support systems.  The program
also requires the successful bidder to provide systems engineering and
in-service support for the modernized mission systems in all 12 frigates. The
formal request for proposal is expected to be issued this fall.
    "I am confident in our CSI Halifax Team's ability to deliver on this
program and view the experience and complementary capabilities of our team as
an opportunity to provide depth and added assurance that we will meet the
demanding requirements of the Canadian Navy," said John Watts, president of
General Dynamics Canada.  "It is our collective vision and commitment that
this much-needed modernization program ensures the men and women who serve
aboard Canada's Halifax-class frigates have the capability they need to
accomplish their varied and demanding missions."
    With an established Canadian employee base of over 2200 people in Ottawa,
Halifax, Calgary and Victoria, General Dynamics Canada has a solid record of
performance in delivering large-scale, multi-billion dollar systems
integration solutions to both the Canadian and international defence
communities.  The company is currently under contract to provide the
integrated mission system solutions for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter
Program and the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program, and has the type of
experience, expertise and proven management capability necessary to help
ensure that the Canadian Navy will receive the most modern and cost effective
HCM/CSI solution available, while maintaining the flexibility to rapidly and
efficiently adapt to the challenging requirements of tomorrow.
    Thales Nederland (formerly Signaal) is one of the most experienced and
capable naval mission system suppliers in the world with a proven reputation
for performance on programs of similar scale and complexity.  Over the past 20
years, Thales Nederland has delivered (or is under contract for) 130 TACTICOS
command and control system ship-sets to 13 different navy customers on 12
different ship types.  Thales Nederland has proven expertise integrating,
delivering and continuously improving complex naval mission system solutions,
including the current German F122/F123 Frigate and the Greek S-Frigate upgrade
programs.  Thales Nederland has a long and proven history with the Canadian
Navy providing and supporting state-of-the art surveillance and fire-control
radar systems.
    Thales Canada has approximately 1100 employees in Canada and is a proven
provider of specialized naval mission system applications and through-life in-
service support capability, including providing and continuously improving the
most current applications of TACTICOS.  Previous Naval Combat System work in
Canada has included Mission System Integration for the Maritime Coastal Patrol
Defence Vessels, the Track Management System for the APAR radar and the data
processor development for SIRIUS.
    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems provides proven cost and
schedule risk reduction capabilities to the CSI Halifax team in the areas of
performance-based in-service support, mission systems integration and
qualification by virtue of their key role on the United States Navy's Littoral
Combat Ship (LCS) program.
    About General Dynamics
    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs
approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more
than $27 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

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