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BAE SYSTEMS and Northrop Grumman win phase ii contract for UK airborne surveillance concept study

16 Apr 2002

BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase II follow-on concept study by the United Kingdom Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) for the emerging Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control (MASC) programme, formerly known as Future Organic Airborne Early Warning (FOAEW). BAE Systems continues its teaming relationship with the Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems sector for this Phase II study.

MASC is a key element of a package of naval assets to be procured for Royal Navy service during the first half of the twenty-first century. This package is to include the UK's Future Aircraft Carrier and the Future Joint Combat Aircraft (FJCA). BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems are currently teamed up in a bid for the Future Aircraft Carrier, alongside other strategic partners.

This five-month MASC study will continue to explore mission system concepts, particularly the surveillance radar, and the issues and risks of integration into several platform types, including various EH-101 Rotary Wing and E-2C Fixed Wing concepts.

The objective of the overall study is to continue to refine for the Ministry of Defence and the DPA the key MASC programme drivers relative to systems performance, cost and schedule prior to entry into the Assessment Phase, currently planned for 2003. The MASC programme is anticipated to have an in-service date of 2012.

BAE Systems, the prime contractor for this Phase II Study, will manage the team from Filton near Bristol, drawing experience and expertise across the company. Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare (AEW&EW) Systems business unit, will serve as the principal sub-contractor for this follow-on study phase.

Bob Barton, Managing Director, BAE Systems Future Systems, said: "MASC is a vital element of the total future Royal Navy capability over the next 50 years and we welcome this important opportunity for both BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman to further develop the results of Phase 1 of the study."

Philip A. Teel, Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems Vice President, AEW&EW Systems added: "Together, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have accomplished much in Phase 1 to narrow the broad range of potential solutions to the MASC requirement. Our companies have a deep understanding of the value of and issues surrounding this critical Naval mission. We look forward to working with BAE Systems on this important next phase of the study."

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