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BAE Systems Recognised for Work on Helicopter Refueling Systems; Equipment Used in Iraq, Afghanistan

12 Oct 2005 | Ref. 035-2005

ONTARIO, California -- U.S. Army representatives today joined BAE Systems employees in celebrating the 120th delivery of the Advanced Aviation Forward Area Refuelling Systems (AAFARS).

Members of the Armys Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support were on hand Oct. 12 to accept delivery of the portable refuelling system.

"AAFARS is the first of the 21st-century solutions the Army is developing for the storage, transportation, and delivery of fuel to the battlefield", said Mathew Marturano, system acquisition manager of the Armys Force Projection Program Office. "AAFARS is the lifeline for units to deliver fuel to forward arming and refuelling points. "

The portable refuelling systems will be used by U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, principally to fuel AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. BAE Systems has delivered systems as part of a multi-year contract expected to be worth more than $100 million.

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

To date, BAE Systems has received $15 million in contracts from the U.S. Armys Tank Automotive and Armament Command for 63 units of its second-generation AAFARS. The total production run that is expected to total 372 systems through 2009.


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, combat vehicles, 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 and 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 over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

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

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