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BAE SYSTEMS Receives U.S. Air Force Compass Call Aircraft Upgrade Contracts

31 Mar 2004

BAE Systems recently received nearly $60 million in follow-on contracts from the U.S. Air Force for weapon-system upgrades to the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.

Compass Call is a modified version of the Air Forces C-130 Hercules aircraft, configured to perform tactical command, control and communications countermeasures.

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) in Nashua, New Hampshire, received $19 million March 24 to complete Block 35 integration upgrades. Under the contract change, BAE Systems will lead a team of contractors to perform additional integration testing, flight testing of the initial aircraft and incorporate new operator control software. The work will be completed in 2005.

BAE Systems also received a $24 million contract Feb 16. for Block 35 Lot 4 aircraft upgrades. The system upgrades provide increased capabilities to meet a variety of threats. The work will be completed in 2006.

In addition, the company received a $16 million Prime Mission Engineering Support Services contract Feb. 17 to perform weapon system mission equipment support services, including logistics and technical support. The work will be completed in 2005.

For more than a decade, Compass Call has played a significant role in every major engagement including Operation Iraqi Freedom, said Jim Martin, BAE Systems director for Compass Call. We are working in partnership with the Air Force to ensure these important new capabilities are quickly fielded to support our warfighters and bring them home safely.

IEWS has produced electronic hardware and software for Compass Call since the 1980s.

Compass Call missions are flown primarily in support of tactical air operations but can also provide information warfare capabilities to ground and sea forces. The aircraft employs jamming to prevent communication or degrade the transfer of information essential to an enemys command and control. Two squadrons comprising 14 EC-130H aircraft are based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

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 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.

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Warfare Systems employs 5,700 people at 10 major facilities in eight 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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