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GENERAL DYNAMICS' TALLAHASSEE OPERATION ASSIGNED TO LAND SYSTEMS DIVISION

 GENERAL DYNAMICS' TALLAHASSEE OPERATION
 ASSIGNED TO LAND SYSTEMS DIVISION
 STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Electronics Division's Tallahassee (Fla.) Operation, which manufactures the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) for the U.S. Army, has been re-assigned to General Dynamics Land Systems Division. General Dynamics recently sold the Electronics Division to the Carlyle Group, which elected not to include the Tallahassee Operation in its purchase.
 Located in a 93,000-square-foot facility, the Tallahassee Operation will add approximately 170 employees to the Land Systems Division population. It is a custom-built facility, specifically designed for the production of highly reliable radio assemblies, in volume quantities. It houses a fully automated, continuous flow production line and, in 1991, was selected by CONTROLS & SYSTEMS magazine as a winner of the magazine's Manufacturing Excellence Award in recognition of the Tallahassee Operation's emphasis on product quality, advanced automation, and computer integrated manufacturing.
 The Tallahassee Operation will become a Land Systems Division operating site, similar to the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, Lima Army Tank Plant, Sterling Manufacturing Plant and Scranton Machining Plant. The division now has facilities in five states: Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
 The Tallahassee Operation has been working on secure communications since 1988, when General Dynamics was awarded a second source contract for development of SINCGARS. The contract has three options for a total of 21,275 radios and other related equipment. The potential contract value, including options, is $194.1 million. The first option was exercised by the Army in 1991. The second option was exercised in November 1992.
 In 1990 and 1991, SINCGARS reported sales of $6.9 million and $6 million, respectively. If all options are exercised, sales are projected to increase to $92 million and $142 million in 1994 and 1995.
 "The Tallahassee Operation will continue to fulfill U.S. Army requirements for SINCGARS as a new Land Systems division manufacturing plant," said George P. Psihas, vice president of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) and president of General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Donald L. Gilleland of General Dynamics Land Systems Division, 313-825-7930/
 (GD) CO: General Dynamics Land Systems Division ST: Michigan, Florida IN: ARO SU:


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