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BAE SYSTEMS Secures Laser Warning Sensor Upgrade Program.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2003


British manufacturer of aircraft, missiles, avionics, naval vessels, and other aerospace and defense products. BAE Systems was formed (1999) from the merger of British Aerospace (BAe) with Marconi Electronic Systems.
 was recently awarded a $6 million contract from ATK ATK - Andrew Toolkit  Integrated Defense Company, Clearwater, Florida Clearwater is a city located in central Pinellas County, Florida, USA, nearly due west of Tampa. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 108,787; however, according to the 2005 U.S. Census Bureau's estimates, the city's population fell slightly to 108,687. , for the first full-rate production order for the AN/AAR-47(V) Missile Warning Sensor.

The AN/AAR-47(V)2 is a common-housing, fully integrated missile and laser warning system and will be installed on more than 3,000 U.S. Navy and Air Force helicopters and transport aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2004.

BAE SYSTEMS Integrated Defense Solutions (IDS), Austin, Texas, provides the laser warning receiver to ATK -- where the electronics are installed into the missile warning receiver. Laser warning technology alerts aircrews when laser-aided or laser-guided threats are present, allowing them to take appropriate counter actions.

"BAE SYSTEMS is extremely pleased to be teamed with ATK and the U.S. Navy to help lead the way for next generation of missile and laser warning sensors," said Evan Corwin, IDS laser warning program manager. "The AAR-47(V)2 solution provides our military services a highly affordable and reliable tool to help protect them from missile and laser threats."

"The sophisticated sensors ATK will deploy on Navy and Air Force aircraft as part of the AN/AAR-47 system will be an air crew's best friend," said Tom Wilson, president of ATK Missile Systems. "ATK sensors are ideally suited for identifying the distinctive plume of surface-to-air missiles This is a list of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Radar-guided SAMs
  • Akash Missile - India
  • Arrow - Israel
  • Aster - United Kingdom/France/Italy
  • Bloodhound - United Kingdom
  • Ground launched AMRAAM - NASAMS (AIM-120 AMRAAM AAM) - Norway
, either shoulder or crew-launched, and will give them the maximum time possible to initiate evasive maneuvers or defensive actions."

For more than 15 years, BAE SYSTEMS has engaged in advanced development programs for tactical laser warning receiver applications, including licensing the technology for use in commercial systems.


BAE SYSTEMS is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense 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 defense systems.

BAE SYSTEMS has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has 100,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately $18 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE SYSTEMS, innovating for a safer world.

BAE SYSTEMS North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  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 District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). , and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers' needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

BAE SYSTEMS Integrated Defense Solutions, headquartered in Austin, Texas, employs more than 900 people at two major facilities in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Integrated Defense Solutions creatively adapts and integrates technologies to rapidly produce solutions for the homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security

executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
 and defense markets. Products include chemical and biological agent detectors and systems, mine countermeasure systems, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul or MRO is a multi-billion dollar industry which works on international authorization rules to deliver a safe airline operation and to assure reliability and availability of customer fleets. , aircraft modification A change in the physical characteristics of aircraft, accomplished either by a change in production specifications or by alteration of items already produced.  and assembly, airborne target presentations, aircraft countermeasures dispenser systems and expendable countermeasures, intelligent combat systems, and mission equipment upgrades.

To obtain additional information about BAE SYSTEMS, visit us at:

About ATK

ATK, a $2.2 billion aerospace and defense company headquartered in Edina, Minnesota Edina is a first-ring suburb situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in the 1860s, consisting of mostly Scottish and Irish immigrants, and today has grown to a full service metropolitan , employs approximately 12,000 people and has three business groups: aerospace, precision systems, and ammunition and related products. ATK news and information can be found at
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