Falls Church, VA, United States

General Dynamics Corporation

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Falls Church, VA, United States

General Dynamics Corporation is an American aerospace and defense company formed by mergers and divestitures. It is the world's fifth-largest defense contractor based on 2012 revenues. General Dynamics is headquartered in West Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia.The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. It has four main business segments: Marine Systems; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Aerospace. Until 1993, when production was sold to Lockheed, General Dynamics' former Fort Worth Division manufactured the Western world's most-produced jet fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. In 1999, the company re-entered the airframe business with its purchase of Gulfstream Aerospace. Wikipedia.


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Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2016-12-01

A conversion kit for a firearm of the type having a removable component is disclosed. The conversion kit includes a chamber piece having a coupling end, and a muzzle piece of a conversion barrel having a coupling end configured to be secured to the coupling end of the chamber piece and an engagement end. The engagement end is configured to mate with the removable component such that manipulation of the removable component causes the coupling end of the muzzle piece of the conversion barrel to be secured to the coupling end of the chamber piece.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2017-03-22

A marking projectile configured to be fired through the barrel of a firearm having rifling formed therein is provided. The marking projectile includes a polymeric base portion configured to engage the rifling of the barrel and a polymeric front shell portion coupled to the base portion. The polymeric front shell portion has a cavity formed therein for housing a marking compound and a structure configured to deform on impact and thereby release the marking compound. The marking projectile includes a metallic annular sealing component (e.g., a crimped metal ring) configured to seal the polymeric front shell portion to the polymeric base portion.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-05-27

A packet data network gateway, P-GW, is located in a second network for supporting user plane data to terminal devices in a wireless communications system that additionally comprises a first network having a first packet data network gateway, P-GW operably couplable to the P-GW. The P-GW comprises a processor arranged to: check a destination address of received packets from the first P-GW to determine whether the received packets are destined for any of the terminal devices, and in response thereto: extract one or more properties of said received packets if they are destined for any of the terminal devices served with user plane data; or discard said received packets if they are not destined for the terminal device(s).


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-05-27

A packet data network gateway, P-GW, is located in a second network for supporting control plane data in a wireless communications system that additionally comprises a first network having a first P-GW operably couplable to the P-GW, and a serving gateway, S-GW. The P-GW comprises a processor arranged to: monitor and build terminal device context information for a plurality of terminal devices being served with user plane data by the second network; and determine an operational status of at least one of: the backhaul link, first P-GW. In response to the processor determining that at least one of: the backhaul link, first P-GW, is unavailable, the processor is arranged to perform at least one of: terminate signalling between the first network and at least one of a mobility management entity, MME, the S-GW; defer signalling between the first network and at least one of the MME, the S-GW; perform at least some functionality of the first P-GW.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-06-10

A transportable foldable bridge is provided that has a folded transport state and an unfolded installation state. The bridge also includes a first ramp element, a second ramp element, and an intermediate element with two opposing ends; a first end of the intermediate element is connected to the first ramp element and the other end of the intermediate element is connected to the second ramp element; and between the first ramp element and the intermediate element, an articulating connection is provided. In the transport state, the first ramp element and the intermediate element are folded and the second ramp element constitutes an extension of the intermediate element.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-08-04

A floatable land vehicle is provided that includes a base body having at least one buoyancy body that is detachably fastened to the base body, the buoyancy body containing an at least partially filled tank.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-05-27

A wireless communications system supports control plane data and comprises: a first mobility management entity, MME; at least one second mobility management entity, MME; and a terminal device; wherein both the first MME and the at least one second MME are allocated to interoperate to support control plane data for the terminal device.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-02-18

A base station for supporting communications with a terminal device in a wireless communications system is described. The base station comprises a dynamic scheduler module; a semi-persistent scheduler, SPS, module, a receiver arranged to receive at least one data packet; and a compressor module arranged to compress the received at least one data packet prior to transmission to the terminal device. A control processor is operably coupled to the compressor module and arranged to determine a compression state of the compressor module and based thereon select one of the dynamic scheduler module and semi persistent scheduler module to allocate resource for communicating with the terminal device. A transmitter is arranged to transmit the compressed at least one data packet to the terminal device on the allocated resource.


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2016-01-25

A packet data network gateway, P-GW, is located in a second network for supporting user plane data to terminal devices in a wireless communications system that additionally comprises a first network having a first packet data network gateway, P-GW operably couplable to the P-GW. The P-GW comprises a processor arranged to: check a destination address of received packets from the first P-GW to determine whether the received packets are destined for any of the terminal devices, and in response thereto: extract one or more properties of said received packets if they are destined for any of the terminal devices served with user plane data; or discard said received packets if they are not destined for the terminal device(s).


Patent
General Dynamics Corporation | Date: 2015-05-27

A wireless communications system supporting user plane data comprises: a first network having a first packet data network gateway (P-GW); a second network having a second P-GW operably coupled to the first network via a backhaul link; a serving gateway (S-GW) a base station; and a terminal device, wherein a single packet data network connection is created for the terminal device that traverses through the first P-GW, second P-GW, S-GW and base station.

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