September 12th 2006 - General Dynamics UK opens FRES Joint Programme Office
LONDON, United Kingdom – General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has unveiled a dedicated Joint Programme Office supporting the British Army's Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). The facility was officially opened by David Gould, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency, in Bristol on 11 September 2006.
FRES is a £16bn programme to provide the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles to the British Army, and has a through life value of £60bn. The new facility, strategically located to serve the Defence Procurement Agency at Abbeywood, will provide a base for the General Dynamics UK team already involved in the FRES programme's development and allow for future growth.
General Dynamics already plays a major role in the development of the FRES programme. General Dynamics UK, in association with General Dynamics Land Systems, was selected in 2005 to undertake a major FRES Chassis Concept Technology Demonstration Programme using the innovative Advanced Hybrid Electric Drive vehicle. This work includes the integration of a third-party Electronic Architecture into the chassis, a demonstration of key capabilities as a complex systems integrator.
The FRES office opening is the latest milestone in the growth of General Dynamics UK, a British company which has been established in the UK since 1962 and now employs over 1500 people in highly-skilled jobs.
Dr Sandy Wilson, President and Managing Director of General Dynamics UK, said: "The opening of this facility underscores our ongoing commitment to delivering the best, most innovative FRES solution to a cutting-edge timetable.
"General Dynamics UK has a unique capability and experience in Britain in integrating and digitising Armoured Fighting Vehicles. A key element of the Defence Industrial Strategy, which we fully support, is a self-sustaining UK industrial capability for through life support and mission growth capability for FRES. Furthermore, as General Dynamics is the largest supplier of wheeled and tracked Armoured vehicles in the world, we are able to transfer significant offshore expertise and technology to enhance Britain's industrial base.
"We offer a full spectrum of capabilities and expertise, and we look forward to continuing our work with the MoD, exploring the benefits we can bring to the FRES programme and to our Armed Forces."
NOTES TO EDITORS
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited is a British company, a leading prime contractor and complex systems integrator specialising in military communications, battlespace, and mission and information management systems. General Dynamics UK has been active in the UK since 1962 and now employs over 1500 highly skilled staff at eight locations including Oakdale and Newbridge in South Wales, and Hastings in South East England.
General Dynamics UK is currently delivering the Bowman CIP joint programme to provide the British Armed Forces with secure, digital voice and data communications, together with the information infrastructure to support a range of network-enabled systems over the next 30 years. With unparalleled experience in digitisation and a concentration of key skills and facilities, General Dynamics UK has a unique UK capability in the integration and digitisation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles. For more information, see www.generaldynamics.uk.com
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 81,900 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. More information can be found online at www.generaldynamics.com.Back to News Index