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General Dynamics Canada sells smart display units



OTTAWA: General Dynamics Canada (GDC) will supply more than 1,000 Smart Display Units (SDU) for installation in U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The order represents the first use of Ottawa-based GDC’s technology on the MRAP platform.

The MRAP vehicles’ command, control, communications and computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities are being upgraded to support future growth and improve operational capability.

GDC’s SD7310 smart display for on-the-move operation in armoured fighting and tactical vehicles integrates a 10.4-in. ruggedized computer and high-resolution touch-screen display into a single device.

“Establishing this footprint on MRAP is strategically important to GDC and the future of our vehicle electronics business,” said David Ibbetson, general manager of GDC.

There are more than 16,000 MRAP vehicles in service with the U.S. Army. The current order reflects requirements of a first phase program in which 500 MRAP vehicles will be upgraded and each will be equipped with two SD7310 displays.

GDC received the order from WestWind Technologies Inc., which was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply the C4ISR digital backbone B-Kits. TACOM is the acquisition and support center for all of the Army’s ground vehicles.

General Dynamics Corp. makes defence electronic systems and integrates complete Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., it employs approximately 91,000 people worldwide.

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