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BDM WINS $1.6 MILLION CONTRACT TO DEVELOP, TEST LOW-COST STRATEGIC DEFENSE CONCEPT

BDM WINS $1.6 MILLION CONTRACT TO DEVELOP, TEST LOW-COST STRATEGIC
 DEFENSE CONCEPT
 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BDM International, Inc. (BDM) has been awarded a 15-month, $1.6 million contract by the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command (USASDC) to address a key strategic defense technology issue, according to Earle C. Williams, president of the diversified professional and tecnical services firm.
 The contract program will be performed at BDM's Huntsville, Ala., office, which is directed by Senior Vice President Dr. Louis M. Cameron. Sam Liberatore will serve as program manager and Dr. William T. Naff as technical director. They explained that the contract program involves fabrication and testing of a hollow-nose seeker configuration to help prove the potential for light-weight, low-cost, strategic interceptor applications.
 "An objective is to make the interceptor accurate enough to 'hit-to-kill' without carrying a warhead of any kind," Naff said. "Success of such a light-weight design," he continued, "would require the missile to 'see where it is going' well enough to achieve a direct hit while flying at hypersonic velocity -- 10 or more times the speed of sound -- deep in the atmosphere."
 He noted that conventional seekers are side-looking rather than forward-looking. "A forward-looking design has potential advantages over side-looking seekers, both in being able to see more clearly and in avoiding the requirement, characteristic of side-lookers, for cooling systems that add significant weight," Naff explained. "Since multiple stage rockets are required, this added weight also increases the weight of the booster stages and everything else associated with the interceptor, including ground transport vehicles."
 Under the new contract, Liberatore said, BDM will fabricate a full-scale model of the interceptor front end with a camera mounted in its aperture and test it in a wind tunnel under simulated flight conditions. Testing will emphasize optical and thermal performance of the seeker's unique window and aperture design.
 BDM, headquartered in McLean (metropolitan Washington), provides professional and technical services to public and private sector clients in national defense and security, communications, energy, logistics, space, information systems, advanced technology, manufacturing technology, and certain other areas.
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 /CONTACT: Todd A. Stottlemyer of BDM, 703-848-5115/ CO: BDM International, Inc. ST: Virginia IN: ARO SU: CON


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