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About General Dynamics
General Dynamics Corporation is a United States aerospace and defense company formed by mergers and divestitures. As of 2011, it is the fourth largest defense contractor in the world. It 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 their purchase of Gulfstream Aerospace.