JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. --- BAE Systems has been selected to develop the Integrated Vehicle Management System Computer for Boeing's X-45B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).
The company's Controls business will develop the computer under a development contract awarded by Boeing's Phantom Works.
BAE Systems will deliver five flight-worthy shipsets between mid-2003 and late 2004 in support of a first flight scheduled for fourth-quarter 2004.
"As a longtime leader in designing and building flight control electronic systems for manned military and commercial aircraft, we are excited at the opportunity to work with Boeing on this new generation of unmanned vehicles," said James Scanlon, BAE Systems Controls president. "X-45B is an impressive undertaking, and we are proud to be a part of it."
X-45B, a joint effort of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force, is evolved from Boeing's X-45A UCAV, which began flight testing in May. The stealthy, all-electric aircraft, weighing 14,000 pounds empty and capable of carrying a 3,600-pound weapons payload, will fly at medium and high altitudes at high subsonic speed.
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 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 control systems 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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