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BAE SYSTEMS Selected to Provide Power PC-Based Flight Control Computer for Taiwan Fighter Aircraft.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2002

The Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) has awarded BAE SYSTEMS Controls a $7.1 million contract to upgrade the flight control computer on Taiwan's Indigenous Defensive Fighter (IDF).

The contract includes engineering design, development, and delivery of flight test hardware.

The computers, based on a 32-bit PowerPC processor, will support a two-year flight test program scheduled to begin in 2004. It is expected that successful flight-testing of the six computers will lead to an order for approximately 130 additional units to retrofit older 16-bit computers currently in service.

"The IDF program historically has been a successful partnership with AIDC," said James Scanlon, Controls president. "This contract will further strengthen that relationship as we jointly engineer and develop a cost-effective upgrade for Taiwan's Air Force."

AIDC is the IDF airframe manufacturer and the leader of Taiwan's aerospace industry. The two companies' relationship dates to 1984, when AIDC awarded the initial IDF flight control development contract. That was followed by a 1991 order for 174 shipsets.


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 30 states and Washington, D.C. 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 Controls, an operating unit of BAE SYSTEMS North America, is a leading supplier and integrator of electronic flight and engine controls for defense and commercial aircraft and launch vehicle applications.

It also provides integrated avionics for aircraft applications and complete unmanned aerial vehicle systems and is a leader in electronic controls for the locomotive industry and the emerging heavy-duty hybrid-electric vehicle market. Controls operates facilities in Johnson City, New York; Santa Monica and Ontario, California; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Redmond, Washington.
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