Falls Church, VA, United States
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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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: 2014-08-27

A relay device for supporting communications between a terminal device and a base station in a wireless communications system is described. The relay device comprises a transceiver arranged to at least receive an access request message from the terminal device; and a control processor operably coupled to the transceiver and arranged to process the access request message, extract information and determine therefrom a power delta value that is not based on a determination of pathloss between the relay device and the terminal device, generate a control element comprising the power delta value; and for relaying at least the control element to the base station. The control processor is further arranged to receive subsequently at least one physical uplink channel message from the terminal device wherein a transmit power level of the at least one physical uplink channel message is based at least on the power delta value.


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 packet data network gateway, P-GW, operably couplable to the P-GW and a serving gateway, S-GW. The P-GW comprises a processor arranged to determine an operational status of at least one of: a backhaul link, first P-GW. In response to the processor determining that both of the backhaul link and the first P-GW are available, the processor is arranged to perform at least one of: trigger deferred signalling between the first network and at least one of a mobility management entity, MME, the S-GW; trigger user plane handling, monitor and build terminal device context information for a plurality of terminal devices being served with user plane data by the backhaul link of the second network.


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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