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Helicopter TERPROM is a digital terrain system developed by BAE Systems, UK

Helicopter TERPROM is a digital terrain system developed by BAE Systems, UK

Bae Systems, February 05, 2001 - WASHINGTON, USA - The United States Navy has selected BAE Systems Helicopter TERPROM for flight demonstration onboard U.S. Navy helicopters.

This program follows closely upon similar highly successful trials, undertaken in the UK, using British Army Lynx helicopters.

The first tranche of these trials, which will continue until mid-2001, has been successfully completed at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., on a SH-60B Seahawk trials platform. The focus of this initial phase was operational demonstration of the TERPROMĀ® terrain referenced navigation and ground proximity warning functions during low level and contour flight.

The second phase of the program, scheduled to begin later this year, will demonstrate TERPROM Eagle OWL, which combines sensor-based obstacle warning with digital terrain and obstruction data. By warning of imminent collision with wires, trees, terra in and obstructions, TERPROM Eagle OWL provides enhanced situational awareness and safety during low-level helicopter operations, including nap-of-the-earth flying.

Helicopter TERPROM is the latest variant of the world's leading digital terrain system, developed at the BAE Systems site at Plymouth. UK. TERPROM has already been selected for a wide range of fast jet programs worldwide, including F-16, Mirage 2000, Harrier GR7, Jaguar, Tornado, A-10 and Eurofighter Typhoon, and the transport variant, TAWS (terrain awareness warning systems), has been selected for the USAF Boeing fleet C-17.

About BAE Systems: BAE Systems is the truly global systems, defense and aerospace company. BAE Systems employs more than 100,000 people, in nine home markets around the world and has annual sales of some $19 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE Systems designs and manufactures civil and military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defense products.

Harris/BAE SYSTEMS Team Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Tactical Common Data Link -TCDL-

MELBOURNE, Fla. USA - Harris Corporation, teamed with BAE SYSTEMS, Inc., was recently selected by the U.S. Navy in a head-to-head competition to complete development of the Hawklink Ku-Band data link system supporting its fleet of ship-based LAMPS helicopters.

The value of the development contract, combined with the potential follow-on production awards necessary to equip 460 helicopters and their host surface ships, could boost the contract value to $100 million over the next eight years.

The Hawklink is a high-speed, air-to-ship, digital data link that transmits reconnaissance and other data from MK III H-60 helicopters to their host surface ships, including Arleigh Burke class destroyers.

The Hawklink improvement will enable data, imagery, electronic support measures, communications, and radar information gathered by the helicopter's sensors to be multiplexed and transmitted to the host ship via the Ku-Band link. The link can transmit over distances greater than 200 kilometers, at a rate of 10.71 megabits per second. The transmission is then received, in near real-time, at the surface ship via an on-deck terminal, down-converted from Ku-Band to baseband signals, and finally distributed throughout the ship for further interrogation and exploitation. Although the data link transmit range is classified, the forward look of the helicopter provides ample time for ship processing, interrogation, and decision making necessary to counter threats from over the horizon.

``I am very proud of the Harris/BAE SYSTEMS team and its remarkable achievement of being selected as the U.S. Navy's TCDL supplier of choice for LAMPS Hawklink, placing us solidly in the lead as their supplier of downsized tactical CDL,'' said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). ``Our new position of preferred TCDL provider to the U.S. Navy is right in line with our current leadership position as their multi-band SATCOM systems supplier, and our ultimate goal to be the assured communications solutions provider for the DoD.''

``We are very excited about the Navy selecting our team,'' said Jeff Markel, president, BAE SYSTEMS Aerospace, Inc. - CNI. ``Our LAMPS Hawklink builds on data link capabilities unique to our companies. With its open architecture and planning for growth, this robust data link that will give the Navy state-of-the-art capability for many years to come.''

The U.S. Navy PMA 299 is sponsoring the Hawklink development and production program through a research and development effort that will be followed by a more traditional production contract. The Hawklink is a derivative of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-sponsored TCDL. The Harris/BAE SYSTEMS TCDL team is one of only two certified contractors worldwide for TCDL-related contracts.

The objective of the Hawklink program is to design, develop, and test a production-ready Ku-Band system for implementation into LAMPS MK III H-60 helicopters and their complement of LAMPS-capable surface ships such as the DDG 51, FFG 7, DD 963, and CG 47. The TCDL Hawklink will upgrade the existing C-Band data link with airborne and shipboard equipment operating at a higher data rate and at a higher Ku-Band frequency. It is also being designed to be Common Data Link (CDL) compliant in order to provide interoperability with other CDL systems.

Harris GCSD, based in Palm Bay, Florida, and BAE SYSTEMS Aerospace, Inc. - CNI, Wayne, New Jersey, are co-developing and producing the Hawklink. Frequency Engineering Laboratories of Farmingdale, New Jersey, is a major subcontractor to the team.

Harris GCSD conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces advanced airborne, spaceborne, and terrestrial communications and information processing systems for military and government agencies, their prime contractors, commercial organizations, and the company's commercial businesses.

Harris Corporation is an international communications company focused on providing product, system and service solutions that take its customers to the next level. The company provides a wide range of products and services for wireless, broadcast, network support, and government markets. The company has sales and service facilities in nearly 90 countries.

BAE SYSTEMS is the truly global systems, defense and aerospace company. With more than 100,000 employees in nine home markets around the world, BAE SYSTEMS has annual sales of more than $19 billion. The company offers an unrivalled global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE SYSTEMS North America employs 25,000 people in the design, development, integration, manufacture and support of a wide range of advanced aerospace products and intelligent electronic systems for government and commercial customers, including leading edge tactical wideband networking radios for information dominance in today's battlefield.

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