Primagraphics Boards U.S. Navy Attack Submarine for $500K Contract

6/17/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has been awarded a US$500,000 (GB£300,000) contract by General Dynamics Electric Boat to supply equipment for use on board the U.S. Navy's fleet of Virginia-class submarines.

The new Virginia-class attack submarine is an advanced stealth multi mission nuclear powered submarine, which represents a revolution in advanced design, construction techniques and mission flexibility. Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News are sharing construction of the first four ships of the class under the terms of a US$4.2 billion contract awarded by the U.S. Navy in 1998. The lead ship, Virginia, is scheduled for delivery in 2004.

Engineers at Electric Boat's Groton, Connecticut facility will integrate Primagraphics' multi-layer graphics cards - from its VME-based CAT family - into the display systems on board the new attack submarines.

The CAT family provides a single slot solution to a wide range of demanding graphics and image processing applications providing exceptional graphics performance with a flexible expandable design that allows a number of display and I/O daughterboards to be used.

John Hunter, VP of sales and marketing at Primagraphics, said: "This prestigious contract is yet further proof of our growing stature in the global naval command and control market."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About General Dynamics Electric Boat (
With more than a century of experience, Electric Boat has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and lifecycle support of submarines for the U.S. Navy. Primary operations are the shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, and the automated hull-fabrication and outfitting facility in Quonset Point, RI, with a current workforce of 10,200 employees. Electric Boat is a division of General Dynamics.

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks. As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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