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BAE Begins Countermeasures Production (Feb. 20)



NASHUA, NH. --- The U.S. Navy has awarded a $58 million contract to BAE Systems for phase II of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) system.

IDECM incorporates high sensitivity receivers and off-board countermeasures that provide a highly effective EW defense for US military aircraft against current and future RF missile threats.

Under Phase 2 of the LRIP contract, the Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) business unit of BAE Systems North America, will provide an additional 14 AN/ALQ-214(V)2 integrated defensive electronic countermeasures radio frequency units and spares.

IEWS received a $59 million contract in March 2001 for phase I of the program to deliver six onboard systems, 30 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs), plus spares. Deliveries will begin in 2003.

"The exercise of these options will provide additional hardware for test and shows the continued support for much needed capability in the fleet," said Dennis Gersomino, U.S. Navy IDECM Integrated Product Team Lead.

Joe Mancini, BAE Systems IDECM program manager, said that IDECM continues to meet its major milestones as the most advanced airborne countermeasure to be deployed against radar-guided missiles. ``Risk reduction testing has proven that BAE Systems will be providing exceptional defensive capabilities to the Navy and the Air Force,'' Mancini said.

IDECM RFCM incorporates avionics, including the onboard receiver and processing system developed and manufactured by ITT Industries' Avionics Division, and the off-board countermeasures which include the high power FOTD and deployment canister developed by BAE Systems. The system will be deployed initially on Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft, followed by U.S. Air Force B-1B and F-15 aircraft.

BAE Systems plans to complete the Operational/Validation (OPEVAL) testing by July 2002, another key milestone prior to starting Full Rate Production of the AN/ALQ-214(V)2.

The contracting agency is the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent, River, Maryland. The work will be performed in Nashua, NH

BAE Systems employs 120,000 people 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 designs and manufactures military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defense products.

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. -- dedicated to solving our customers needs with both highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.

BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems, headquartered in Nashua, NH., is part of BAE Systems North America. The unit employs more than 4,500 people at seven major facilities in five states. The business unit is a major producer of aircraft self-protection systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces.

Other major business areas include microwave, mission and space electronics and infrared imaging.

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BAE Systems Receives IDECM LRIP II Contract From U.S. Navy