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BAE SYSTEMS creates innovative partnerships for soldier modernisation

21 May 2002

BAE Systems has extended its partnership approach to international soldier modernisation programmes through a number of new teaming initiatives which are featured, in particular, in its recently submitted proposal to meet the UK Ministry of Defence's Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) requirement, which is currently the subject of competitive tender processes.

Following the recent creation of BAE Systems C4ISR, the company's FIST team has entered into a partnership agreement with AMS, the joint venture between BAE Systems and Finnmeccanica. AMS will take a lead role within the team for the integration of FIST technologies into the emerging UK digitised battlespace, an area in which it is an established centre of excellence.

BAE Systems has entered into a reciprocal agreement with SAGEM whereby each company will make available domain expertise for each other's domestic and international programmes. BAE Systems' key contribution will be in the field of lethality whilst SAGEM will offer its capabilities in communications and the application of commercial off-the-shelf technology to the military domain.

Finally, BAE Systems is to partner with CSC to bring to bear the latter's prime contractorship experience within the US Land Warrior programme to FIST.

The BAE Systems FIST team leader, Murray Fullerton, comments "Partnership is the key to success in meeting today's demanding defence requirements. It is our intention to forge creative partnerships with both our UK customer and industry's centres of expertise. Soldier modernisation is central to the rapid enhancement of operational effectiveness within the digitised battlespace. BAE Systems is committed to playing a major part in that process -world-wide."

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