General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) C4 Systems won a potential $176 million contract to support a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue system, the company announced Thursday.
Under the four-year contract, the company will provide field personnel, technical support and maintenance for the Rescue 21 system.
Rescue 21 has 232 fixed towers and associated facilities for monitoring coastline and interland waterways throughout the U.S.
The system functions as the first nationwide command, control and communications network of the U.S. Homeland Security Department, according to the company.
Coast Guard personnel use the system for drug and law enforcement, defense readiness and marine environmental protection applications.
Once complete, it will make up a network of 32 Coast Guard sector command centers, 167 stations and over 260 fixed towers along U.S. waterways and shores of the Great Lakes, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.