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BAE SYSTEMS selected to provide power PC-based flight control computer for Taiwan fighter aircraft

24 Jul 2002

The Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) has awarded BAE Systems Controls a $7.1 million contract to upgrade the flight control computer on Taiwan's Indigenous Defensive Fighter (IDF). The contract includes engineering design, development, and delivery of flight test hardware.

The computers, based on a 32-bit PowerPC processor, will support a two-year flight test program scheduled to begin in 2004. It is expected that successful flight-testing of the six computers will lead to an order for approximately 130 additional units to retrofit older 16-bit computers currently in service.

"The IDF program historically has been a successful partnership with AIDC," said James Scanlon, Controls president. "This contract will further strengthen that relationship as we jointly engineer and develop a cost-effective upgrade for Taiwan's Air Force."

AIDC is the IDF airframe manufacturer and the leader of Taiwan's aerospace industry. The two companies' relationship dates to 1984, when AIDC awarded the initial IDF flight control development contract. That was followed by a 1991 order for 174 shipsets.

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