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BAE SYSTEMS to develop vehicle management system for Boeing X-45B unmanned combat air vehicle

04 Dec 2002

BAE Systems has been selected to develop the Integrated Vehicle Management System Computer for Boeing's X-45B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). The company's Controls business will develop the computer under a development contract awarded by Boeing's Phantom Works.

BAE Systems will deliver five flight-worthy shipsets between mid-2003 and late 2004 in support of a first flight scheduled for fourth-quarter 2004.

"As a longtime leader in designing and building flight control electronic systems for manned military and commercial aircraft, we are excited at the opportunity to work with Boeing on this new generation of unmanned vehicles," said James Scanlon, BAE Systems Controls president.

"X-45B is an impressive undertaking, and we are proud to be a part of it."

X-45B, a joint effort of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force, is evolved from Boeing's X-45A UCAV, which began flight testing in May. The stealthy, all-electric aircraft, weighing 14,000 pounds empty and capable of carrying a 3,600-pound weapons payload, will fly at medium and high altitudes at high subsonic speed.

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