Corporation is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world.
| Founder(s) John Philip Holland
1946 - Canadair purchased from the Canadian government.
1952 - Electric Boat became General Dynamics.
1953 - Convair merged with General Dynamics.
1959 - Henry Crown acquires company and becomes majority shareholder.
1962-1963 - Convair-produced Mercury-Atlas rockets launch four manned Mercury missions into low Earth orbit, including John Glenn.
1971-1985 David S. Lewis, Jr., was chairman and chief executive officer. During his tenure, General Dynamics’ revenues and earnings quadrupled.
1982 - Formed General Dynamics Land Systems after the acquisition of Chrysler's combat systems.
1996 - Acquired Teledyne Vehicle Systems.
2003 - Acquired GM Defense from General Motors.
2003 - Acquired Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahrzeug (SSF) from an Austrian investor group, which bought the company in 1998 from the Steyr-Daimler-Puch-conglomerate. SSF is now part of "General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems" which includes also the Spanish Santa Barbara Sistemas and the Swiss MOWAG, and has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
2011 - Acquired Force Protection Inc
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