Instrumentation Engineering (IE) Awarded Test Systems Contract From General Dynamics-Electric Boat to Design & Manufacture Test Systems for New Virginia Class Submarines

General Dynamics-Electric Boat awarded the test system contract for Virginia Class Submarines to Instrumentation Engineering based on a high-quality, cost effective, modular test solution that demonstrated both technological expertise and substantial industrialization experience.

Oakland, NJ (PRWEB) July 28, 2005 -- Instrumentation Engineering (IE) today announced that it is manufacturing the first Submarine Flight Critical Component Test Bed (SFCCTB) for General Dynamics- Electric Boat. This test system will be used for the revolutionary Virginia Class Submarines. The stealth, firepower and unlimited endurance of these submarines will play a key role in the United State's defense well into the 21st century. IE intends to deliver an equally robust test system and is committed to providing test support throughout the lifecycle of the program.

"I am very proud General Dynamics selected IE on this critical program," said Pat Cupo, President of Instrumentation Engineering. "The SFCCTB requires not only IEís in depth military test background, but also draws on our extensive optical and RF engineering expertise."

The key to the test system is the same as the key to the submarineómaximum technological and operational flexibility. The SFCCTB is currently designed to test 31 different flight critical components, configured as single or multiple UUTís. IEís design provides for future high volume capability and a monitored upgrade path. Operation, maintenance and reconfiguration are simplified by IEís comprehensive documentation package, and sustainment issues are addressed by IEís staff support specialists as well as IEís commitment to non-obsolescence.

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, CT, and the automated hull-fabrication and outfitting facility in Quonset Point, RI, with a current workforce of 11,300 employees. For more information, please visit

About Instrumentation Engineering (IE):
Instrumentation Engineering (IE) designs, develops and supports ATE system integration, test technology solutions and TPS development for the Military & Aerospace, Communications, Medical, Industrial, Automotive, Office Automation and Consumer markets. For 36 years, Instrumentation Engineering has been approaching production test issues with a unique combination of innovative test technology and practical manufacturing experience.

Founded in 1969, IE has the necessary engineering experience and time-tested development processes to create a virtual in-house test team. IEís comprehensive test engineering approach simplifies the manufacturing process and compliments in-house talent. For more information, please visit

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