General Dynamics ( GD) said third-quarter revenue rose 16% from a year ago, driven by solid gains in the company's information technology and combat systems offerings. Revenue climbed to $5.38 billion from $4.65 billion in the year-ago quarter. The defense contractor, based in Falls Church, Va., earned $374 million, or $1.84 a share, compared with $322 million, or $1.60 a share, last year. Sales in the company's IT division rose nearly 25% to $1.99 billion in the third quarter, and combat systems sales were up 20% to $1.24 billion. Orders in the third quarter totaled $5.1 billion. The funded backlog at the end of the quarter was $29.3 billion, and General Dynamics had a total backlog of $43.4 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call were expecting earnings of $1.76 a share and revenue of $5.25 billion in the third quarter.