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BAE SYSTEMS Proceeds To Phase II For U.S. Commercial Airliner Protection

26 Aug 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that BAE Systems has been selected to participate in Phase II of its Counter-MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) program to protect commercial aircraft against threats posed by infrared guided missiles.

The missiles, commonly called MANPADS, have been used to down civilian airliners and increasingly have become regarded as a potential terrorist tool since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Under a $45 million DHS award, BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) in Nashua, N.H., will develop, test and evaluate a prototype system using existing military and commercial technology. Phase II is expected to last 18 months, followed by a DHS recommendation to the Administration and Congress.

BAE Systems is extremely pleased be part of Phase II of the Counter-MANPADS program. We have put together the right team, including leaders in the commercial aviation industry, to produce a state-of-the-art IR missile protection system that leverages our proven military technology and fits seamlessly into the commercial airline industry, said Don Donovan, president of the companys Electronic Warfare/Electronic Protection line of business. BAE Systems is proud to offer a solution to this critical national issue.

BAE Systems originated counter-IR defence electronic technology in the early 1970s, and has delivered more than 14,000 countermeasure systems for the military. The BAE Systems proposal is based on the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures and Common Missile Warning System. Developed for the U.S. Army and currently in production, the system provides next-generation, directable, laser countermeasures for protection of aircraft against heat-seeking missiles.

BAE Systems team includes key partners Honeywell Aerospace, leading the operations and support elements; Sargent Fletcher, designing the pod which houses the missile warning and countermeasures components; and American Airlines, providing critical stakeholder perspective to ensure commercial compatibility.


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 more than 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 & Electronic Warfare Systems employs 6,900 people at 13 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. IEWS provides products and services in four major lines of business: Electronic Warfare/Electronic Protection, Electronic Warfare/Information Warfare, Integrated Defense Solutions, and Mission Electronics.

BAE Systems, innovating for a safer world.

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