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BAE SYSTEMS Selected On United States Coast Guard Modernization Team.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2002

BAE SYSTEMS begins work this month on a $48.6 million contract from General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, to provide vessel communication systems for the U.S. Coast Guard's National Distress and Response System Modernization Project (NDRSMP), called "Rescue 21."

Rescue 21 will equip the U.S. Coast Guard with the modern tools to detect mayday calls from boaters, pinpoint the location of the source and coordinate rescue operations along the U.S. coastline and major interior waterways.

"BAE SYSTEMS is extremely pleased to support General Dynamics on this critical Coast Guard program," said Randy Averitte, BAE SYSTEMS Homeland Security Systems program director. "In addition to providing enhanced maritime safety, Rescue 21 provides greatly enhanced situational awareness and connectivity to Federal, State, and local public safety and law enforcement agencies and will be an integral element of our nation's homeland security initiative."

The BAE SYSTEMS team will perform the vessel communication system and installation design; develop the vessel mission software; perform vessel surveys; remove legacy equipment; and install and test the new NDRSMP communications systems on the vessels.

BAE SYSTEMS Integrated Defense Solutions, headquartered in Austin, Texas, leads the Mobile Systems Integrated Product Team (IPT) within the General Dynamics program to modernize the communications systems aboard more than 650 USGC vessels and is supported by BAE SYSTEMS Electronic Systems in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Bob Swanson, president of BAE SYSTEMS Integrated Defense Solutions, said, "The Rescue 21 program draws on expertise from across BAE SYSTEMS to provide a system solution that enhances the ability of the Coast Guard to execute their mission."

Program management, systems engineering and software development will be managed in Austin, Texas with the vessel installation design, fabrication, and installation management performed at the Chesapeake facility. The modernization is expected to be completed by September 2006.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around $18 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defense products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

BAE SYSTEMS North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in 29 States and Washington, D.C. -- dedicated to solving our customers needs with both 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 1,200 people at three 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, intelligent combat systems, and mission equipment upgrades.
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