Engineered Support builds test system for avionics

ST. LOUIS, 11 February 2005. Engineered Support Systems, Inc. has received a $7.5 million contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract upon the exercise of the first of six available production options on the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Support System (RTCASS) program.

Feb 14th, 2005

ST. LOUIS, 11 February 2005. Engineered Support Systems, Inc. has received a $7.5 million contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract upon the exercise of the first of six available production options on the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Support System (RTCASS) program.

The RTCASS test station is a portable, rapidly deployable automatic test station that can be set up quickly for maintenance of avionics equipment on U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and USAF Special Operating Forces (SOF) aircraft.

The aircraft supported for the USMC are the F/A-18, AV-8B, MV-22 and EA-6B where the RTCASS test station is operated on amphibious assault ships or L- Class ships, MALS vans and fixed ground installations. The aircraft supported by the USAF SOF is the CV-22 aircraft where the RTCASS test station is operated in fixed ground installations and expeditionary shelters.

The company's Systems & Electronics Inc. (SEI) subsidiary received the order under its subcontract with McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company.

The SEI production option involves the manufacturing, testing and delivery of 20 RTCASS test station subsystems for final integration and test into the RTCASS test station, according to Gerald A. Potthoff, vice chairman, CEO and president of Engineered Support.

The RTCASS test station subsystem that SEI produces consists of the radio frequency (RF)/microwave synthetic instrument measurement unit, RF/microwave synthesizers, RF/microwave switching and signal conditioning, power supplies, power monitoring, and computer subsystem including the peripherals. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority.

"We are proud to be part of RTCASS project team along with Boeing and Teradyne," said Potthoff. "Within our SEI organization, we possess significant expertise in the automatic test equipment area. Our recent acquisition of Prospective Computer Analysts, which was closed last month, provides us with even greater resources in this growing market. Over the next several years, we will continue to pursue opportunities for new ATE business with both directly with domestic and foreign military customers and through partnership with major defense primes."

Engineered Support Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures and supplies integrated military electronics, support equipment and technical and logistics services for all branches of America's armed forces and certain foreign militaries, homeland security forces and selected government and intelligence agencies. The company also produces specialized equipment and systems for commercial and industrial applications. For more information, see www.engineeredsupport.com.

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