BAE Systems wins DARPA grant for laser-guided mortar

NASHUA, N.H., 14 February 2005. BAE Systems has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office to convert a 60-millimeter mortar into a precision guided munitions system.

NASHUA, N.H., 14 February 2005. BAE Systems has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office to convert a 60-millimeter mortar into a precision guided munitions system.

DARPA's Optically Directed Attack Munition (ODAM) program is a technology development and integration initiative to demonstrate a laser-guided, low cost optical seeker for the 60mm mortar.

The total value, if all phases of the development program are completed, will be approximately $9 million. The systems will improve U.S. military effectiveness by providing small, operational units with cost-effective precision indirect munitions systems capable of operating across multiple environments.

Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick, DARPA program manager, said that ODAM represents "a break-through in affordable, precision-guided munitions."

"ODAM will provide a new capability for the war fighter based on low-cost, precision optical guidance of a munition that has never been able to operate with precision in the past," said Aaron Penkacik, vice president of Advanced Systems and Technology for BAE Systems.

The ODAM program will occur over 24 months and culminates in a live-fire demonstration and delivery of 1,000 live rounds for government test and evaluation.

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. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, fighting vehicles, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defense systems.

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 $20 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing approximately 30,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers' needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

BAE Systems' Information & Electronic Systems Integration Sector (IESI) is a leader in situational awareness, electronic attack and defensive systems solutions for the U.S. battle space market. It provides and supports innovative capabilities-based solutions for U.S. Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security customers. IESI's 9,500 employees are located in eight states and several overseas locations. Information & Electronic Warfare Systems line of business is located in Nashua, N.H. For more information, see www.iews.na.baesystems.com.

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