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BAE SYSTEMS welcomes the mod decision on next generation light anti-armour weapon (NLAW)

21 May 2002

The Minister for Defence Procurement, Lord Bach, announced today that Team MBT LAW UK has been chosen as the preferred supplier for the 400M Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon Programme (UK NLAW). Team MBT LAW, led by Saab Bofors, is the group of 14 UK subcontractors, including BAE Systems Avionics, Inertial Systems Division at Plymouth, now selected to develop and produce the weapon system. The Team meets the MoD's requirement for 100% UK industrial participation in the NLAW programme, creating or sustaining more than 500 high-quality long-term jobs throughout the UK. BAE Systems is a 35% shareholder in Saab.

BAE Systems at Plymouth will produce the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for the missile's guidance system. The innovative silicon sensors, which are at the heart of the IMU, are already being produced in their millions by BAE Systems' joint venture company, Silicon Sensing Systems, at their factory in Japan. Before the end of this year a new factory in Plymouth, created with DTI support, will duplicate this capability, supporting growing demand from commercial, automotive and now defence applications.

Bob Hughes, Sales Director of Inertial Systems, said; "BAE Systems is proud to be playing a part in the production of a new, high technology missile which is expected to have world-wide export markets, with predicted sales of 80,000 to 100,000 weapons, manufactured and supplied by Team MBT LAW UK. At Plymouth, this decision will create or sustain over 100 jobs in the aerospace and defence arm of our silicon sensor business."

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Team MBT LAW:

Team MBT LAW is a consortium of 14 UK subcontractors, selected by Saab Bofors Dynamics to develop and produce the MBT LAW missile. The team members are:
Thales Air Defence
MetalWeb
BAE Systems Avionics
BAE Systems RO Defence
EPS Logistics Technology
NP Aerospace
Express Engineering
Portsmouth Aviation
FR-HiTemp
Raytheon Systems
ICI-Nobel Enterprises
Skeldings
Leafield Engineering
Thales Missile Electronics

About Saab Bofors Dynamics' MBT LAW missile:

MBT LAW (Main Battle Tank Light Anti-Armour Weapon) is a next generation weapon system, more than capable of destroying a main battle tank or other armoured vehicle. Designed by Saab Bofors Dynamics, it is based on their successful Carl-Gustaf, AT4 and BILL weapons, of which over 1,000,000 systems have been sold to fifty countries. MBT LAW is a man-portable, shoulder-launched, fire-and-forget, disposable weapon that requires no maintenance.
About the NLAW Competition:

The MoD's NLAW requirement sought a new short-range anti-tank missile to replace the existing LAW-80, which will soon go out of service. Two potential prime contractors, Saab Bofors Dynamics and MBDA, were selected to undertake Project Definition contracts, which culminated in development and production proposals submitted in 2001. Saab Bofors Dynamics offered a new missile design, MBT LAW, whilst MBDA teamed with Lockheed Martin in the USA to offer a variant of LM's existing Predator missile.



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