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BAE SYSTEMS Receives $110 Million Contract To Supply Electronic Subsystems For 60 C-17 Globemaster Aircraft

20 Jan 2004

BAE Systems Platform Solutions has received a $110 million contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for flight controls, mission subsystems, and other electronic subsystems for U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The contract will support the Air Forces current order for 60 of the heavy-lift transport aircraft, which have demonstrated their strategic and theatre airlift capability in every recent worldwide military operation.

Over a four-year period concluding in 2007, BAE Systems will deliver the following subsystems for each of the 60 aircraft:

* Electronic Flight Control subsystem, a fly-by-wire system that includes the aircrafts autopilot function.
* Mission and Display Processing subsystem, which includes the central mission computer that manages the airplanes avionics and digital navigation system and the Video Integrated Processor, a high-speed computer that supports the vehicles tactical terrain warning system.
* Loadmaster and Cargo Delivery subsystem, which handles control and dispersion of cargo, both in flight and on the ground.
* Vehicle Management Utilities subsystem, which detects, controls, and provides crew interfaces for the planes environmental, electrical, hydraulic, auxiliary power, fuel, and other systems.

As a longtime supplier of C-17 avionics, BAE Systems is extremely proud of the role we play in the success of this highly capable aircraft, said Mike Austill, vice president Aerospace Controls for BAE Systems Platform Solutions. We are pleased again to have earned Boeings confidence in receiving this major contract.

The 60-shipset order calls for BAE Systems to incorporate several updates designed to add functionality. BAE Systems began developing the Globemasters electronic flight control in 1989 and since has grown to be the platforms largest electronics supplier. The current contract will supply the 60 aircraft Boeing is producing for the Air Force through 2008. To date, Boeing has delivered 113 C-17s to the U.S. Air Force and four to the United Kingdom Royal Air Force.


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 employs more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

The Platform Solutions Sector is a leading global supplier of integrated electronic control products, subsystems, and man-machine interface systems for air, space, sea, and ground vehicles. The sector develops and produces electronic vehicle management systems, electronic engine controls, cockpit and helmet displays, and inertial systems for a variety of platforms including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, missiles, ground vehicles, ships, and space launch vehicles. It also produces HybriDrive propulsion systems for intra-city transit buses and other medium and large vehicles. Based in Johnson City, New York, it employs more than 6,400 people at 12 facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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