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BAE SYSTEMS Announces First Deliveries Of Siren Round To Royal Navy

29 Sep 2003

BAE Systems Avionics Group has begun delivery of Siren, the active off-board decoy system, to the UK Royal Navy following the successful completion of acceptance trials. The verdict of the procurement and acceptance teams was extremely positive, concluding that Siren was the most capable off-board jammer available. A further successful fleet weapons trial was carried out in mid-September with the system performing in line with operational expectations.

Siren is an advanced decoy system designed to protect ships from missile threats by luring incoming anti-ship missiles away from their target. Launched from a 130mm decoy launcher it uses a two stage parachute system which slows the decoy round down at a pre-programmed time before deploying a second stage parawing, under which the advanced programmable electronic payload descends to detect and counter the missile threat.

The ability of Siren to generate sophisticated jamming waveforms is unique amongst the worlds limited types of naval decoys. The Siren payload contains some of the most up to date RF, digital and analogue electronic circuitry available, enabling the round to quickly detect, identify and track threats to ships. Siren is able to handle multiple threats simultaneously even in dense RF environments.

Norman Hyde, Naval EW IPT Team Leader is in no doubt about the benefits Siren could bring: Siren is a vital addition to the Royal Navy's defensive systems and will provide a high capability against missile threats in the future.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations. BAE Systems, innovating for a safer world.

About Avionics Group:

BAE Systems Avionics is the leading avionics company in Europe, and the UKs foremost supplier of electronic systems for civil and military platforms in the air, at sea and on land. With its head office at Basildon in the UK, the Avionics organisation operates across 30 sites in four continents, with concentrations in Scotland, southern England and Australia. The Group employs 6,000 people around the world with 4,900 of these employed in the UK.



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