Ball Aerospace integrates infrared sensors for Pentagon

BROOMFIELD, Colo., 20 Sept. 2005. The National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has awarded Ball Aerospace a three-year, $28 million task order to develop the Integrated Overhead Non-imaging Infrared (ONIR) Tasking, Processing, Exploitation, & Dissemination (TPED) System (IOTS) as part of Ball's larger Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) Exploitation contract.

Sep 20th, 2005

BROOMFIELD, Colo., 20 Sept. 2005. The National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has awarded Ball Aerospace a three-year, $28 million task order to develop the Integrated Overhead Non-imaging Infrared (ONIR) Tasking, Processing, Exploitation, & Dissemination (TPED) System (IOTS) as part of Ball's larger Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) Exploitation contract.

IOTS is an end-to-end integrated system for ingesting, archiving, processing, analyzing, and reporting data collected by current and future space-based infrared sensors. Ball's IOTS developments will upgrade existing capabilities in the field by giving the warfighter increased support and helping to keep our troops safe.

The IOTS program will be supported by the Systems Engineering Solutions office in Dayton, Ohio. Customers include NASIC, other members of the intelligence community, and operational military units.

Ball Aerospace will be supported by:
* Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc.,
* Command Technologies, Inc. (CTI), a subsidiary of MTC Technologies, Inc. (MTC),
* Institute for Scientific Research, Inc. (ISR),
* Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector,
* Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector,
* Oracle Federal Systems (OFS),
* Raytheon Co. (RTN),
* Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and
* Technology Service Corp. (TSC).

"The IOTS effort presents many technical and schedule challenges, but clearly demonstrates the Government's confidence in Ball's leadership in MASINT, ONIR, and systems engineering capabilities," said Steve Everding, who leads the Ball Aerospace IOTS program team. "We are recognized as a leader in the ONIR community and we understand that our superior performance in leading the IOTS team is key to future larger opportunities."

Ball Corp. is a supplier of metal and plastic packaging products, primarily for the beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets. Ball Corp. employs more than 13,500 people and reported 2004 sales of $5.4 billion. For more information, see www.ballaerospace.com.

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