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14 Jul 2008 | Ref. FI016/2008

Farnborough, UK –BAE Systems has received a $14.5 million U.S. Army contract to develop surveillance sensors.

The system, to be developed under the Army’s Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor (AWAPSS) program, will use dual-band visible and infrared imaging technology to collect high-resolution imagery from large areas of interest. It will enable military aircraft to conduct 24-hour surveillance.

“This system will provide our military forces with a vital tool to protect those who protect us,” said Bob Gaylord, identification and surveillance program director for BAE Systems in Greenlawn, New York.

The AWAPSS system will be initially deployed on manned aircraft. It consists of three segments: a sensor (including gimbals and external electronics), an image and data storage unit, and an operator’s station.

BAE Systems will work with the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate in support of Program Manager Arial Common Sensors to begin field tests in mid-2009 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defense 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 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.

For further information, please contact:
Karen Spiller, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 603 885 2818 Mobile: +1 603 566 2090

John Neilson, BAE Systems
Tel: + 44 (0) 1252 384795 Mob: + 44 (0)7802 337704

Issued by:
BAE Systems, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384719 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947
24hr media hotline: + 44 (0) 7801 717739

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