General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), received a $6.5 million order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for more than 1,000 CM-300/350 series ultrahigh frequency (UHF) Air Traffic Control (ATC) radios. Used by air traffic controllers throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico and other territories, the radios provide critical ground-to-air communications for military pilots and crew.
"The FAA joined with a valuable partner when we first awarded the UHF radio contract to General Dynamics," said Dieter Thigpen, Voice Enterprise Manager for the FAA. "They have shown dedication by meeting all contractual deliveries on time or ahead of schedule, making it possible to employ their radios at a goal-busting pace."
"This order includes the milestone 15,000th CM-300 radio delivered as part of the government's modernization program for the National Airspace System," said Jim McDearmon, director of Radio Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems. "These radios provide exceptionally crisp, clear voice communications that are essential for the safe passage of aircraft over the nation."
The new order is part of a 10-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract awarded to General Dynamics by the FAA in 2002. All contract options have been exercised and the $100 million full potential value of the contract has been reached.
General Dynamics delivered the first CM-series ATC radios to the FAA in 1992. As part of the NEXCOM UHF contract awarded in 2002, the company began delivering the CM-300/350 UHF radios to the U.S. government.
General Dynamics CM-300/350 UHF radios link air traffic controllers to military aircraft flying across the national airspace. Another model of the same radio, the CM-300/350 very high frequency (VHF) radios, enable air traffic control communications for commercial and general aviation aircraft.
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