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BAE Systems to Provide Laser Warning Sensors to Protect U.S. Military Aircraft

BAE Systems will be providing laser warning sensor sets to protect U.S. military aircraft, under a $17.7 million contract by Alliant Techsystems which is BAE’s long-time prime contractor and development partner. Alliant Techsystems provides integration and delivery of the AAR-47 system to the military.

This contract will provide components for the AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System, part of the ongoing U.S. Navy road-map of airborne protection and system improvements for U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and foreign allied fleets. The laser detection sensors provide critical warning systems from threats.

"With more than 16,000 systems delivered to date, this award continues our support to Alliant Techsystems and the Navy team," said David Millspaugh, director of Product Support for Soldier & Vehicle Solutions in Austin, Texas. "We are very proud of our long heritage of protecting the soldier by providing the components for the AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System," Millspaugh added. Its laser detection systems solutions supply the operator with reliable laser threat warnings including threat class identification and angle-of-arrival data. Each of this unique sensors can process and report simultaneous threats.

The sole-source award to the Austin facility is for the Naval Air Systems Command's production and spares requirements. The circuit card assemblies are built in Wayne, New Jersey and Austin, Texas. Deliveries will begin in July 2011 and run through November 2012.

With approximately 107,000 employees worldwide, BAE, not only delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, naval and defence forces, but also provides advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of GBP 22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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