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19 Feb 2008 | Ref. 057/2008

Warton, UK - Nimrod MRA4 development aircraft PA01 has arrived in America for a four to six week programme of Icing Certification flights.

The flights will demonstrate the performance of the airframe and engine intake anti-icing systems, windscreen heating and air data probe heating and demonstrate the aircraft handling characteristics in these conditions. In addition, the trials will demonstrate the aircraft’s continuing maturity by operating it overseas.

The aircraft landed, safely and serviceable, at Nashville International Airport after a journey of over 4500 nautical miles with overnight stops in the Azores and Bermuda.

Once at Nashville, preparation of the aircraft for the trials included fitting the under wing pylon with specialised probes for characterising the icing conditions in terms of droplet size and water content.

Following an exercise involving the UK Metrological Office and US based company Leading-edge Atmospherics, Nashville, in Tennessee, was identified as the ideal location for the trial primarily for the accuracy of weather forecasting, the temperature on the ground and the proximity to ideal weather conditions.


About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 96,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15 billion (US $27 billion) in 2006*.

*On a pro rata basis, assuming BAE Systems had owned Armor Holdings Inc for the whole of 2006


For further information contact:
Andy Bunce, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 852714; Mobile: +44 (0) 7801 716448

Marc Boulton, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 852052 Mobile; +44 (0) 7801 716011


Issued by:
BAE Systems, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384710 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947
24hr media hotline: + 44 (0) 7801 717739

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