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BAE Wins $16M Canadian Contract (Dec. 6)

OTTAWA --- The Department of National Defence has awarded a contract, valued at up to $16.6 million (USD), to BAE Systems of Walton Beach, Florida for the provision of instrumentation equipment to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment Primrose Lake Evaluation Range at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta.

This contract is part of the Time, Space, Position, Information Project to provide the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment with the required capability to support precision-guided munitions testing.

"The security environment and rapidly changing technologies are having an impact on how militaries are modernizing and transforming to meet the challenges of carrying out their roles at home and abroad," said Bill Graham, Minister of National Defence. "This new equipment will provide the Canadian Forces with the capability to evaluate precision-guided munitions that will be included in the Canadian Forces inventory in the future."

"The tests and evaluations performed with the new equipment will ultimately provide the Canadian Forces with the enhanced ability to apply force precisely, reducing collateral damage during operations," said General Ray Henault, Chief of Defence Staff.

The instrumentation equipment will replace the triangulation cameras currently used by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment to calculate the trajectories of ordnance and provide video documentation for testing and exercises. The contract includes new optical tracking mounts, central and remote control facilities, communications upgrades and transportation requirements. It is anticipated that the new system will be operational by 2007.

Canadian Forces Gain Guided-Weapons Testing Capability