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BAE SYSTEMS Secures Laser Warning Sensor Upgrade Program.

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

BAE SYSTEMS was recently awarded a $6 million contract from ATK Integrated Defense Company, Clearwater, Florida, 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, 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.

About BAE 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 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 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. Integrated Defense Solutions creatively adapts and integrates technologies to rapidly produce solutions for the homeland security and defense markets. Products include chemical and biological agent detectors and systems, mine countermeasure systems, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft modification 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: www.ids.na.baesystems.com

About ATK

ATK, a $2.2 billion aerospace and defense company headquartered in Edina, Minnesota, 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 www.atk.com.
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