BAE Systems Installs Defensive Weapon System on CV-22 Osprey in Preparation for Ground-Fire...

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BAE Systems Installs Defensive Weapon System on CV-22 Osprey in Preparation for Ground-Fire and Flight Testing

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--
BAE Systems has installed a remotely operated defensive weapon
system aboard a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey in preparation for
ground-fire and flight testing. The hardware installation and ensuing
fit-check, completed in January, follow the company's recent selection
to develop an interim all-quadrant defensive weapon system for the

   The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which awarded the
contract to integrate and test the weapon mission kit on the CV-22, is
currently performing ground testing, with flight testing to follow.
SOCOM oversaw the successful installation of the system hardware
aboard the aircraft in January at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

   "BAE Systems installed the weapon hardware to confirm the system's
suitability to CV-22 and its mission," said Clark Freise, vice
president of defense avionics for BAE Systems. "We will work with
SOCOM to complete the development of this system and to demonstrate
its effectiveness in protecting these aircraft and the Special
Operations forces they carry."

   Using a GAU-2B mini-gun mounted to the belly of the aircraft, the
weapon is designed to provide 360 degrees of accurate, sustained
suppressive fire throughout the CV-22's flight envelope. The weapon is
based on BAE Systems' Remote Guardian System(TM), a company-funded
effort to develop a common airborne defensive capability for the V-22
and other special-mission rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. BAE Systems
designed the hardware and precision control systems without access to
aircraft drawings or solid models, relying in part on its knowledge of
the CV-22 as provider of the platform's flight control system.

   BAE Systems has been developing the Remote Guardian System for
more than two years and unveiled the system in October 2007 at the
Modern Day Marine military exposition in Quantico, Virginia. In
January the company announced its selection by SOCOM to provide the
defensive weapon solution for their CV-22 aircraft.

   About BAE Systems

   BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company
delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and
naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology
solutions and customer support services. With 96,000 employees
worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded $27 billion in 2006*.

   *On a pro forma basis, assuming BAE Systems had owned Armor
Holdings Inc for the whole of 2006

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