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U.S. Army Orders Additional Helicopter Refueling Systems; Equipment Bound For Afghanistan, Iraq

03 May 2005

ONTARIO, Calif. -- The U.S. Army has placed an order with BAE Systems for 32 portable combat helicopter refueling systems for a total value of $8 million. The latest booking is part of a multi-year contract expected to be worth more than $100 million.

The Advanced Aviation Forward Area Refueling Systems (AAFARS) are used by U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, principally to fuel AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The Armys Tank Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM) is purchasing the refueling systems.

We are pleased to partner with BAE Systems to ensure that our helicopter fleet is equipped with the latest and most modern refueling capability available in the market, said Mathew Marturano, system acquisition manager of the Armys Force Projection Program Office.

The latest booking is the ninth order in a production run that is expected to total 372 systems.

This rugged system is helicopter-transportable and soldier-portable. Assembly has been field-proven with a set-up time of 20 minutes and tear down in 25 minutes, said Tom Herring, vice president and general manager of Integrated Solutions for BAE Systems. The system also is designated as a critical component of the Armys modernization plan.

AAFARS is a modular, lightweight, portable combat refueling system designed for rapid refueling of forward-area military helicopters in support of deep strikes. The system has a 240 gallon-per-minute pump that can fuel four helicopters simultaneously at a rate of 55 gallons per minute each.


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, fighting vehicles, 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 over 13 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is one of Americas foremost national security, aerospace, and information systems companies. It is a leading provider of electronic and information-based systems and knowledge-based solutions that meet its customers mission effectiveness and operational safety needs. BAE Systems North America employs more than 30,000 people at sites across the United States and the United Kingdom and generates more than $5 billion in annual sales.

For further information, please contact:

Terry Kanakri, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 323 298 6946 Cell: +1 323 893 6393

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