Canada orders ground surveillance radars

ST. LOUIS, 27 July 2005. Engineered Support Systems, Inc. subsidiary Systems & Electronics Inc. (SEI) was recently awarded a contract from General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) to provide logistics support for Canadian Manportable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) systems.

ST. LOUIS, 27 July 2005. Engineered Support Systems, Inc. subsidiary Systems & Electronics Inc. (SEI) was recently awarded a contract from General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) to provide logistics support for Canadian Manportable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) systems.

The value of the contract is $2.3 million (USD), with two 1-year options exceeding $1 million each.

MSTAR systems are in service with U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and other areas where a long-range, wide-area, highly reliable ground sensor is needed to detect threats.

The AN/PPS-5C MSTAR is a low power, very low probability of intercept (LPI) ground surveillance radar. MSTAR provides wide area surveillance coverage in all weather conditions, night or day, to a maximum range of 25 miles. MSTAR is extremely reliable, easily transportable and can be placed into action in less than three minutes. The simple to operate Windows Man Machine Interface (MMI) allows rapid self location and surveillance area set up while providing sophisticated interface support features such as network and wireless control. MSTAR locates moving targets and uniquely classifies them as personnel, tracked or wheeled vehicles.

Engineered Support has supplied MSTAR systems to the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force and various foreign military customers. MSTAR can also meet various homeland defense and security missions where intrusion detection, border surveillance and perimeter security are needed; providing critical protection for power generation facilities, airports and other critical infrastructure assets.

Canada operates more than 200 MSTARs, many deployed on the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle. Canada has been an SEI MSTAR customer for more than 10 years, according to Gerald A. Potthoff, Engineered Support Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are delighted for the opportunity to support the expanded presence and use of our MSTAR systems in both domestic and international security environments. More than 850 MSTAR radars, in various configurations, are in service throughout the world," Potthoff said. "We also appreciate the opportunity to serve a very important customer in GDLS-C, and to mark further success for our company in addressing the heightened security concerns that challenge the international community."

Engineered Support Systems, Inc. provides advanced sustainment solutions including the design, manufacture and supply of 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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