General Dynamics lands Navy contract; Pittsfield facility to upgrade combat ship systems

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PITTSFIELD — General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield has been awarded a U.S. Navy production contract to provide upgrades to an electronic warfare system that provides greater detection and identification of threats to combat ships.

No new positions in Pittsfield will be added because of the new contract, according to a General Dynamics Mission Systems spokesperson.

However, there are more than 70 open requisitions for engineering, manufacturing and related positions at the company's Pittsfield facility, the spokesman said.

Under the terms of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver Block 1B3 system upgrades to the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) over the next five years.

The upgrades will be integrated into new and existing Navy ships providing significantly improved awareness of the tactical environment surrounding the ship.

The work on the contract will be done in Pittsfield, according to a company statement. That work includes electronic and systems engineering and related technical work.

"This award continues our strong, trusted partnership with the Navy to provide affordable, mission-critical electronic warfare capabilities for combat ships deployed worldwide," said Pittsfield native Carlo Zaffanella, the vice president and general manager for General Dynamics Mission Systems, in a statement.

General Dynamics has been involved with the SEWIP Block 1 program since 2003, and received a low-rate initial production contract for the program in 2014.

SEWIP is comprised of capability improvements divided into production blocks. This new contract is part of Block 1, which provides enhanced electronic warfare capabilities to Navy ship combat systems improving anti-ship missile defense, counter targeting and surveillance.

The block 1B3 system is the final upgrade for Block 1, providing high-gain/high-sensitivity electronic capability.

General Dynamic Mission Systems was formed in January 2015 when Pittsfield-based General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems merged with General Dynamics C4 Systems, which has a facility in Taunton.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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