About General Dynamics-Ots, Inc.

General Dynamics is a prime military contractor to the Pentagon (the US government accounts for about 60% of sales). The company's military operations include information systems and technology (information technology and collection, as well as command control systems); marine systems (warships, commercial tankers, and nuclear submarines); and combat systems (battle tanks, wheeled combat/tactical vehicles, munitions, and rockets and gun systems). Its aerospace unit, which is composed of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation designs, makes, and refurbishes business jets primarily for civilian customers.

Operations

Unlike some of its rivals who cater only to the military market that is at the mercy of government budgetary fluctuations, General Dynamics caters to military and civilian sectors, manufacturing both combat systems and high-tech systems, with each side buffering the other in times of market downturn. The Combat Systems division is composed of Armament and Technical Products; European Land Systems; Land Systems; and Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

General Dynamic's Marine Systems group is a major shipbuilder for the US Navy, and it provides MRO (maintenance/repair/overhaul) services to keep those vessels ship-shape. Marine Systems manufactures the Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer (DDG-51), and the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition combat-logistics ship (T-AKE). Subsidiary Electric Boat builds nuclear submarines (Seawolf, Ohio, and Los Angeles classes), while Bath Iron Works builds DDG-51 and DDG-1000 destroyers.

On the civilian side of the business, the company's Aerospace segment produces mid- and large-cabin business jet aircraft, for which the company provides maintenance, refurbishment, and outfitting.

Last, but not least -- serving both the military and civilian sides -- the company's Information Systems and Technology business unit provides cyber security, tactical communication systems, sensors and cameras, ruggedized computers (for use in harsh environments, such as those with strong vibrations, extreme temperatures, and wet or dusty conditions), and antennas to customers in the DoD, the Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community, federal civilian agencies, and international customers.

Geographic Reach

General Dynamics operates around the world, serving government and commercial customers on six continents spanning more than 45 countries. North America represents its largest market, generating around 75% of sales.

Sales and Marketing

General Dynamics' main customer is the US Department of Defense (DoD). The company conducts business with government customers around the world with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. About 60% of its revenues stem from the US government, and 15% come from US commercial customers.

Financial Performance

General Dynamics' revenues and profits remained static during 2015 and 2016, hovering around the $31 billion and $3 billion marks for both years, respectively

The company's revenues for 2016 reflected fewer aircraft deliveries in its Aerospace group, offset largely by additional US Navy engineering and ship construction work within its Marine Systems segment.

C4SIR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) sales surged in 2016 due to higher volume across the business, including its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) mobile communications program and several programs in Canada and the UK.

Strategy

With US defense spending changing with each administration, General Dynamics' business strategy addresses programs that the military continues to emphasize, including the need for warfighters and the need to replace resources lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the first US submarine to be configured for a post-Cold War defense landscape, General Dynamics' Virginia-class submarine continues to meet the needs of the US Navy.

The company in late 2017 received a $5 billion contract from the US Navy to complete the design of its next-generation ballistic missile submarine, the Columbia-class submarine. The Columbia-class submarines are nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines that are designed to ensure a second strike capability in the event of a nuclear attack on the US.

Mergers and Acquisitions

General Dynamics uses acquisitions to fortify its segments. In 2016 it acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the US military and commercial customers. Bluefin Robotics became part of General Dynamics Mission Systems' Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business.

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General Dynamics-Ots, Inc.

11399 16th Ct N Ste 200
Saint Petersburg, FL 33716-2322
Phone: 1 (727) 578-8100
Fax: 1 (704) 714-8232

Stats

  • Employer Type: Public
  • Vice President And General Manager: Dean Bartles
  • Executive Vice President Information Systems and Technology: Gerard Demuro
  • Exec V Pres: Charles M Hall
  • Employees: 5,000

Major Office Locations

  • Saint Petersburg, FL

Other Locations

  • Hampton, AR
  • Saco, ME
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Springboro, OH
  • Marion, VA
  • Williston, VT
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