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BAE SYSTEMS To Hold Further Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) Supplier Conference

09 Sep 2002

Following its recent down-selection to manage one of two competitive planning phases for the UK Ministry of Defence's Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) requirement, BAE Systems is extending a further open invitation to domestic and overseas industry representatives to attend a supplier conference focused on the company's commitment to creating a 'best of breed' partnership.

The conference, to be held at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, will include a comprehensive update on the FIST requirement. This will be followed by discussions of the processes via which industry can either partner with BAE Systems for the supply of major FIST sub-systems or bid to be a supplier of specialist equipments, complementing BAE Systems in-house domain expertise.

The event is being hosted by a pan-BAE Systems team on 28 October 2002. Potential attendees are invited to approach Brian Johnson on + 44 (0) 1202 404693.

This initiative reflects BAE Systems commitment to offering its highly regarded prime systems integration and prime contract management capability for FIST within the context of a full partnership with industry, the Ministry of Defence's procurement authorities and the military end-user community.

FIST team leader Murray Fullerton comments "We have no preconceived ideas as to the final shape of our FIST offering. We have unrivalled land domain knowledge and are keen to incorporate the most appropriate technology, regardless of source. Our prime systems integration expertise will be used to optimise proposals for the forthcoming Assessment Phase to the Ministry of Defence, taking advantage of the wealth of technologies that industry can bring to bear. The focus on partnership will also offer the possibility of offering mutual benefits to overseas companies and promote UK involvement in other nation's soldier modernisation programmes."

FIST is one of a number of world-wide initiatives whose total market value is estimated as several billion pounds over the next ten years. Other national programmes include the USA's Land Warrior, Australia's LAND 125 Soldier Combat System, France's FELIN and Germany's SIZ.

FIST encompasses enhancements to the five NATO domains of lethality, survivability, C4I, mobility and sustainability. An initial operational deployment is expected in 2009.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE Systems is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around 13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE Systems is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

BAE Systems C4ISR is a global centre of excellence supplying innovative, network enhanced solutions focused on military capability. The Group integrates advanced civil and military technologies into robust, single-service and joint information management environments. It optimises the operational effectiveness of command & control and platforms within the digitized battlespace, providing flexible architectures to support fast decision-making.



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