Helicopters guard against missiles with BAE countermeasures

NASHUA, N.H., 22 February 2005. BAE Systems has received a $7.2 million contract from the U.S. military to provide additional AN/ALQ-144A Countermeasures Sets. The ALQ-144 system protects helicopters from infrared-guided missile threats.

NASHUA, N.H., 22 February 2005. BAE Systems has received a $7.2 million contract from the U.S. military to provide additional AN/ALQ-144A Countermeasures Sets. The ALQ-144 system protects helicopters from infrared-guided missile threats.

The contract is part of two indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts received from the Army's Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) to produce countermeasures systems for Army and Navy helicopters. The contracts have a combined maximum value of $90 million. An ID/IQ gives the customer flexibility to order a number of systems up to the maximum quantity specified in the contract.

"Throughout the war and follow-on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, BAE Systems has shown continued support of our efforts and ever-changing requirements, keeping their most important customer safe -- the soldier," said Harry Ivory, U.S. Army program manager at CECOM. "They did this by accelerating deliveries, starting new production lines in record time, and developing, testing, and producing fixes for systems that were never designed to operate in a harsh desert environment."

Under the first ID/IQ contract, which has a $40 million ceiling value, BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H., will provide the ALQ-144A(V) 5 and 6 versions to support Navy MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. This contract includes integrated logistics support, spares, and engineering services.

Bruce Blakeley, BAE Systems' ALQ-144 program manager, said, "These contracts continue a long relationship between BAE Systems and CECOM. The ALQ-144 team is proud to provide this equipment to protect those who protect us."

The second contract, with a maximum value of $50 million, provides for sales of the ALQ-144A(V)1/3 system to allied forces under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

More than 6,000 of the combat-proven ALQ-144A Countermeasures systems are already deployed worldwide.

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space.

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