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BAE SYSTEMS Receives Contract For Stryker Thermal Imaging Module

26 Jul 2004

BAE Systems has been selected by Kongsberg Protech of Norway to supply the upgraded Thermal Imaging Module (TIM1500) for the Remote Weapon Station (RWS) on the U.S. Armys Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Stryker vehicle. The contract is estimated at $28 million.

The Stryker is an eight-wheeled armoured vehicle, which provides infantry protection in open terrain and quick transport to critical battlefield positions. The TIM program will provide Stryker with an advanced, uncooled thermal imaging camera that identifies targets deep in the battlefield in all weather and obscurant conditions.

Developed and produced at BAE Systems infrared imaging facility in Lexington, Mass., the TIM uses state-of-the-art MicroIR microbolometer-based technology. This thermal engine technology is being developed by Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier for the Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) program. The Stryker TIM and the Heavy TWS will share this common thermal engine, which also forms the basis for cameras serving the Homeland Security and public safety business segments.

The base contract will fund the development and qualification of the TIM1500.

Steve Jamison, BAE Systems vice president and general manager at Lexington, said, BAE Systems is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced uncooled thermal imagers. This win allows us to expand our partnership with the U.S. Army in the exploitation of uncooled technology for the benefit of the warfighter.

The Lexington facility is part of BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire. Kongsberg is the RWS supplier to TACOM prime contractor, General Dynamics Land System, California Technology Center in Goleta.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company employs more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of more than $20 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems employs 6,900 people at 13 major facilities in eight states. The business unit is a major producer of aircraft self-protection systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces. IEWS provides products and services in three major lines of business: Electronic Warfare/Electronic Protection, Electronic Warfare/Information Warfare, and Mission Electronics.

BAE Systems, innovating for a safer world.



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