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BAE Wins Turkish Support Contract (May 17)

BAE Systems Australia, as a subcontractor to The Boeing Company, has reached agreement for a contract worth over $A20 million to adapt BAE Systems Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Mission Support Segment, Operational Mission Simulator and AEW&C Support Facility initially developed under Australia’s Project Wedgetail into a standard system for the Turkish Peace Eagle Program.

Mr. Jim McDowell, Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Australia said, “This is a great example of the benefits of getting into the supply chain of a major project at such an early stage.”

“Peace Eagle is the first of what will be many opportunities for BAE Systems Australia in support of Boeing to export from Australia very high end systems and services in the areas of Electronic Warfare, Ground Support and Simulation.

“We are also a member of the Boeing team bidding into the Republic of Korea for an AEW&C capability, and this demonstrates the growth potential of this area for BAE Systems Australia.”

The Boeing Company is working with their Turkish in-country supplier HAVELSAN to deliver the Support Segments for the Peace Eagle Program. BAE Systems Australia will provide software, training and support to the Havelsan team to allow customization of the Support Segments to the requirements of the Turkish Air Force.

The Mission Support Segment (MSS) gathers the tasking and planning data required for an AEW&C mission. It supports flight and mission planning for all of the aircraft sub-systems, enabling the crew to prepare and carry out the operation. Post-mission functions include mission debriefings, analysis and replay of mission data and production of mission reports.

The BAE Systems Operational Mission Simulator (OMS) provides realistic training for the AEW&C aircraft mission crew by simulating the mission systems and aircraft environment. The OMS allows instructors to monitor and coach individual students, without compromising the fidelity of the aircraft environment and reducing the airframe hours required for training mission crew. The OMS facilitates training in rarely occurring or potentially dangerous situations, helping the crew to develop and maintain their capabilities so that they are always in a high state of readiness. The OMS provides a significant subset of the mission crew’s ground training, and will be complemented with Boeing’s mission crew training program.

The AEWC Support Facility (ASF) provides the capability to maintain, modify and evolve the AEW&C System. The ASF consist of a Configuration Management and Engineering Development Environment, to maintain all of the AEW&C data and software libraries, and to generate updates to the AEW&C software. A System Verification and Validation Environment that includes a mock-up of the AEW&C aircraft is to be used to test and validate changes to the AEW&C System.

CS&S employs around 15,000 people at over 40 locations and provides through-life support and services across the air, sea and land sectors. It carries out upgrades, maintenance, repair and overhaul of military systems, aircraft and naval vessels. CS&S supports military customers’ capability in areas such as training; facilities management; spares and repairs; technical information services; manpower services; and supply chain and logistics management.

BAE Systems Australia is part of the CS&S Group and employs approximately 2,600 people, supports customers at more than 50 locations across the country and has its center of operations in Adelaide, South Australia. BAE Systems Australia combines key skills in engineering and systems integration and is a leading supplier of electronic warfare, battlespace communications, military air support, software and support services to the Australian Defence Force.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is one the world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defence Systems is a $25 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately £12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

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