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BAE SYSTEMS ground sensors prove worth in Fleet exercise

02 Dec 2002

BAE Systems micro-internetted unattended ground sensors (MIUGS) successfully detected, tracked, and identified key targets during the U.S. Navy's recent Millennium Challenge 02 exercise. The proof-of-concept demonstration was part of an ongoing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded project at the company's Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) business to develop networked sensors. IEWS received a $10 million development contract in July 2001 to develop rapidly deployable, networked sensors.

Two clusters of the sensors were deployed by hand at the China Lake Superior Valley test range, California, during the exercise in late July and August. The sensors provided coverage of more than two square kilometres in the target area, and sent back target reports to a command and control centre 30 miles away. The sensor nodes successfully detected high-value targets (such as mobile missile launchers), and cued a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to verify the target.

"All the Navy's objectives for the MIUGS demonstration were met or exceeded," said Steve Scalera, BAE Systems MIUGS programme manager. "The 'sense-to-shoot' timeline was dramatically improved."

"Within seconds, the system was able to pass high-confidence target identification and targeting co-ordinates from the field to the U.S.S. Coronado 200 miles away and enabled immediate tasking of an F-18 to prosecute the target," said David Law, the DARPA Program Manager's Navy agent. "This timeline has major implications on our ability to perform strike operations on time-critical targets and on precision targeting."

The IEWS MIUGS will participate in several more demonstration exercises over the next year while development continues on sensor electronics and mechanical packaging. The effort will culminate in the fall of 2003 with sensors that can be deployed via helicopter, turned on and automatically networked together to process vital battlefield information.


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 North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in 29 States and Washington, D.C. The company is dedicated to solving our customers needs with both highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.

BAE Systems IEWS employs more than 4,700 people at eight major facilities in five states. The business unit is a major producer of aircraft self-protection systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces. Other major business areas include microwave, mission and space electronics; infrared imaging; and automated mission planning systems.

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