General Dynamics and Cyalume Technologies Collaborate on Advanced Illumination and Marking Payloads for Ammunition Applications

April 6, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems announced today that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Cyalume Technologies, Inc. to develop and market training, illumination and marking payloads that use Cyalume’s chemiluminescent “green” technology for U.S. military ammunition applications.

The integration of chemiluminescent “green” technology into training ammunition will provide enhanced capabilities for the warfighter to conduct integrated day/night training on multiple platforms for weapons qualification and combat maneuver training at a significant cost savings to the U.S. Government in range cleanup and maintenance programs, eliminating unexploded ordinance (UXO) and reducing the environmental impact.

“The military has expressed an increased need for advanced training, marking and illumination payloads,” said Michael S. Wilson, president of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “Over the past several years Cyalume Technologies has developed numerous advanced materials that when loaded into our ammunition will enhance training and provide a tactical advantage for our soldiers.”

“The combination of General Dynamics’ ammunition manufacturing expertise and the advanced payloads developed by Cyalume will result in a huge payoff for our warfighters,” said Derek Dunaway, CEO of Cyalume Technologies. “Our payloads offer the benefits of a non-toxic, nonflammable, non-incendiary and non-dud producing ammunition that is environmentally friendly and will provide advanced marking and illumination effects, while reducing or eliminating collateral damage.”

Cyalume Technologies, Inc. is a U.S. manufacturer and world leader in chemiluminescent (chemical light) technology with over 30 years of experience. Based in West Springfield, Mass., Cyalume has over 200 employees with overseas operations located in Aix-en-Provence, France. Cyalume produces numerous chemiluminescent products that are used in commercial and military applications. Cyalume products meet Consumer Safety Protection Commission and EPA compliance and have FEMA’s seal of approval as a disaster recovery item. Cyalume currently has 22 active U.S. and international patents, and 25 patents pending in the chemical light space.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a world leader in the manufacture of large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions, shaped charge warheads and propellants. It also manufactures precision metal components, and provides load, assemble and pack services for tactical missile and rocket programs. More information on General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical is available online at www.gd-ots.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 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 General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

SOURCE General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

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