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About GDUK

General Dynamics UK is part of the General Dynamics Corporation and is one of the UK’s leading defence companies, and an important supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Company has 50 years’ experience in technical leadership, manufacturing expertise and prime contract management skills to deliver C4I communications solutions, Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) capability, avionics systems and deployable infrastructure.

General Dynamics UK currently provides the tactical communication system used by the UK Armed Forces, known as Bowman. In 2017, the Company was awarded a £330 million contract to design and develop the next-generation tactical communication and information system, which will be used to plan, deploy, manage and monitor communications and information for the Army. The Company designed and developed AJAX, the future of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV), delivering 589 platforms for the British Army. In addition, the Company provides a range of avionic systems that are used on different types of military aircraft around the world.

General Dynamics has more than 1,450 employees in the UK, including approximately 1,350 who work for General Dynamics UK, located across four sites.

Delivering for the UK Armed Forces
A leading supplier to the UK MoD in three key areas: armoured fighting vehicles, avionic systems and tactical communications

Armoured fighting vehicles (Merthyr Tydfil and Oakdale, South Wales)
o Delivering AJAX to the British Army

Avionic Systems (Hastings, East Sussex)
o A leading provider of avionic systems onto the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado, AgustaWestland AW101 Mk 3 and Mk4 and AW159 Wildcat (Future Lynx) platforms

Tactical communications (Oakdale, South Wales)
o Delivering Bowman, the British Army’s Tactical Communication Information System (CIS), from South Wales since 2001, first entering service in 2004
o Recently awarded contract to deliver Evolve to Open (EvO) – the first phase of MORPHEUS, which will deliver the next-generation of Tactical Communications and Information Systems capability

Where we are
o Established in the UK over 50 years ago
o We employ more than 1,350 people across the UK
o Approximately 950 highly-skilled employees in Merthyr Tydfil and Oakdale, South Wales
o 550 of these are currently working on vehicle programmes, with number set to rise to 700 by the end of 2018
o We have 275 highly-skilled employees in Hastings, East Sussex
o The Company has established graduate and apprenticeship programmes, with intake increasing each year

Merthyr Tydfil
o Acquired by General Dynamics in 2015. The site was a disused forklift truck factory. Following significant investment by General Dynamics UK, the site is now a specialist engineering hub for armoured vehicles.

o In addition to the 250 jobs created at the Merthyr Tydfil facility, the AJAX build programme is sustaining 300 jobs at General Dynamics UK in nearby Oakdale, and a further 3,600 jobs at more than 230 companies across the UK supply chain.

o The new industrial capability opens up exciting new possibilities for General Dynamics in the UK in the years ahead. For example, we can deliver PIRANHA 5 vehicles quickly to the British Army to meet the planned Initial Operating Capability for the MIV programme from an existing production line, before transferring production to Merthyr Tydfil, creating further jobs at our facility and additional significant employment right across our extensive UK supply chain.

Supporting our communities

o Amongst the first companies to sign up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in 2013 and presented with Gold Award in 2017
o Actively support employees who serve as Armed Forces Reservists
o Support many service-related charities and organisations, including ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity, SSAFA and Combat Stress
o Support many charities and organisations that are local to our facilities in South Wales and Hastings, including Disability Sports Wales and St Michael’s Hospice in Hastings

Our supply chain
o General Dynamics UK has a supply base of over 1,000 companies worldwide
o General Dynamics UK works with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on collaborative projects through EDGE UK®, which was founded in 2008
o Worked with over 120 SMEs through EDGE UK® so far

General Dynamics Corporation is a global aerospace and defence company, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia – with locations in 46 countries, employing more than 92,000 people worldwide. 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 on the at

The ISO certificates for the sites can be found here:

  • BS EN 9100 — Aviation, Space and Defence Quality Management System FM31561
  • ISO 9001 — Quality Management System FM603272
  • BS EN ISO 14001 — Environmental Management System EMS53703
  • OHSAS18001 — Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHS61601

Counterfeit avoidance:

Counterfeit Avoidance Certificate – F00439