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BAE, Norway to Develop SEP Armoured Vehicle Transmission

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Sweden --- BAE Systems today announced a teaming arrangement with Kongsberg Devotek A/S of Norway to develop a new system of gears and transmissions for the Spitterskyddad Enhets Platform (SEP) 8x8 armored vehicle.

SEP is a family of wheeled and tracked vehicles providing superior survivability and a unique level of flexibility to meet the needs of current and future forces around the globe. SEP [was] displayed during the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi (22-26 February 2009).

“Selecting Kongsberg Devotek A/S is a result of a long search for good partners for the SEP program to benefit our customers”, says Hans Häggberg, purchasing director at BAE Systems Hägglunds. “We have a long and successful history working with the Norwegian industrial base and this partnership builds a strong base for continued success allowing us to leverage our people, products and technology worldwide to fulfill our customer needs.”

SEP will benefit militaries around the globe by using a universal platform to fulfill many different operational roles. The vehicle is years ahead of its competitors in innovation with a focus on low costs during its entire service life.

"The contract with BAE Systems is of great importance to Devotek and a milestone in our efforts of obtaining a deeper and wider engagement in the defence business—a strategic focus for the company for several years," says Dr. Bård Vestgård, Manager for Project & Technology at Kongsberg Devotek.

This partnership is the result of an extensive selection process to find a supplier which is able to offer best value and has an ability to deliver pre-series hardware within the extremely short project time. It requires delivery of a complete SEP system including development, delivery of prototype equipment and support.

BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

Kongsberg Devotek AS is a leading provider of technical product development services worldwide. Devotek offers development of complex systems, typically involving dynamics & control and utilizing innovative sensing and actuation principles. Competences include embedded electronics, software, mechanical & fluid dynamics, mechanical design, FEA, production and testing.


BAE Systems Teams with Norway for Development of SEP Armoured Vehicle Transmission