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Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:50

BAE Systems & EADS Discussing Possible Merger

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BAE Systems and EADS have a long history of collaboration, and are currently partners in a number of important projects, including the Eurofighter and MBDA joint ventures. The two companies confirm that they are now in discussions about a possible combination of the businesses. The potential combination would create a world leading international aerospace, defence and security group with substantial centres of manufacturing and technology excellence in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Spain as well as in Australia, India and Saudi Arabia.

BAE Systems and EADS believe that the potential combination of the two businesses offers significant benefits for all stakeholders, over and above their individual business strategies, which both businesses continue to execute strongly. In particular, they believe that the combination of the two complementary businesses offers the opportunity of greater innovation, long term financial stability, and an extended market presence, which will enable them to compete even more effectively on the world stage.

Any agreement on the terms of a potential combination will require approval by the Boards of both BAE Systems and EADS, and would be subject to, amongst other things, a number of governmental, regulatory and shareholder approvals. There is no certainty at this stage that the discussions will ultimately lead to a transaction.

BAE Systems is a strong, well-run company, successfully implementing our strategy. During the process of the discussions with EADS, BAE Systems will continue to focus in meeting all of their current commitments.

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BAE Systems has completed construction of the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Austin, Texas, the company announced today at a ribbon cutting event. The new facility will produce an array of technologies for the global defense, aerospace, and security company’s Electronic Systems sector.

“This event marks the Austin campus’ birth as a manufacturing center of excellence with the capability to build many of our electronic systems and products at a higher rate with a lower cost than ever before, making us more competitive in the defense market,” said Lisa Aucoin, director of Integrated Vision Solutions at BAE Systems. “This new facility will enable us to quickly produce and deliver next generation electronic systems directly to our warfighters.”

Technology manufactured in Austin include circuit card assemblies for the company's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Laser Target Locator Module, two of BAE Systems' innovative products which help ensure mission success for armed forces. The facility also will produce advanced network communication systems, precision landing systems, and an array of thermal imaging systems such as thermal weapon sights, which provide enhanced day and night surveillance and targeting capability.

“This expansion by BAE Systems is great news on multiple fronts,” said US. Representative John Carter (R-TX-31). “First of course is new jobs to put people back to work and help Central Texas continue our economic recovery. But, just as important, for both our area and the nation at large, is what kind of jobs. These are high-tech, high-paying private sector manufacturing jobs, exactly what we need to start rebuilding our economy for the long-term. I look forward to working with BAE Systems as they continue to create new high-tech, high-paying jobs in Central Texas.”

BAE Systems is leveraging Austin's competitive economy, the abundance of high-tech employees in the capital area, and the company's facility investments to establish a high-rate, low cost manufacturing capability that will benefit the Austin area and the company. The company currently employs about 525 people in Austin and supports a number of local suppliers. BAE Systems' officials expect to see continued growth opportunities for its customers, suppliers, and employees through this new manufacturing center of excellence.

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BAE Systems today opens the doors to its new engineering, program management, and prototyping campus, marking the completion of its three-year expansion project in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The new, four-story office building has the capacity to house approximately 600 engineers, program managers, and support staff.

“BAE Systems' investment in Michigan is yet more evidence of how important our state’s strengths in engineering, research and development and manufacturing have become to our national security,” said U.S. Senator Carl Levin. “The important work BAE Systems will do at this new facility means its high-quality Michigan workforce can accomplish the important job of helping make our troops safer and helping them carry out their vital missions.”

“We’ve always believed that the Sterling Heights area was a great place to invest our resources in close proximity to our customers. Here, we have a workforce of talent and experience unique to this region, individuals with skills born out of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. Adding to this advantage is the infrastructure and diverse pool of suppliers associated with the auto industry,” said Frank Pope, president of the Land & Armaments sector at BAE Systems.

The environmentally friendly, 164,000-square-foot office building is a prime example of BAE Systems’ commitment to ecological responsibility and was built to meet the specifications of a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification – a first in the city of Sterling Heights. The new structure includes: recycled building materials, Low “E” glass to reduce thermal load, entryway systems to capture dirt and particles, individual lighting controls, and low-flow, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and water-efficient landscaping to reduce water consumption. The new site also entered into a single stream recycling program with DeSantis Trucking Inc, where all recyclable waste is mixed together in one trash receptacle and then sorted for recycling. The single stream recycling program enables the site to be landfill free.

The overall project team included support from Governor Rick Snyder’s office, the city of Sterling Heights, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Macomb County, Plante Moran Cressa, and general contractor Walbridge.

The Sterling Heights expansion project broke ground in February 2009 after the company acquired the site of former TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. The office complex and adjacent prototype facility cost $58 million to construct and occupies approximately 230,000 square feet and sits on 81 acres of land that includes a banked test track.

The prototype facility opened in August 2010 and together with the office complex is a premier center for the engineering, development and program management of military ground vehicles, such as Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

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BAE Systems has successfully commissioned a unique and brand-new titanium component manufacturing machine at its Samlesbury facility in Lancashire, England. The machine is the most advanced of its kind in the world and sets new standards for high-end manufacturing in the UK.

The machine, known as a StarragHeckert BTP5000, is able to produce titanium components over three metres long to tolerances that equate to a third the thickness of a human hair. The components are used in the manufacture of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – the rear section of which is built at Samlesbury by BAE Systems before being shipped to Lockheed Martin in America.

The precise tolerances delivered by the new machine ensure that the outer shape of the F-35 matches up to the exacting standards needed to make an aircraft that meets the required low observability (stealth) performance capability demanded by Lockheed Martin.

The machine, which sits in a temperature and humidity controlled manufacturing facility which exactly matches that of the final assembly facility run by Lockheed Martin in America, is referred to as the Long Spar Longeron Machine, owing to the long spa and longeron sections is was built to machine.  Featuring twin spindles the machine is capable of machining two parts at the same time meaning double the efficiency.  At peak rate production aircraft sets will be produced at a rate of one a day.

The initial concept for the machine was born out of a discussion between BAE Systems and StarragHeckert machine tools which looked at ways to deliver a more accurate and effective machining method for long titanium parts. The machine has now been extensively tested and recently produced two components at the same time to exactly the same standard..

The success of this project has been made possible only through a true team working approach and this not only reflects on the partnering and relationship between BAE Systems and StarragHeckert, but also the team work within the respective companies.  Much hard work has been injected into this project for a prolonged period of time (5 years) and this has also been reflected in the fact that the project and has been delivered safely, on time and within the budget constraints.

Head of Machining Operations, Simon Bee, said: “The BTP5000 machine is a fantastic addition to the facility. Whilst the story from its inception to delivering parts is significant in its own right, it’s also part of a much bigger story too.  We’re at the heart of establishing new standards for assembly precision and pace on the F35 programme.  We’ve hosted numberous visits to the facility since it opened just a year ago and each time it’s immediately visible for visitors that this facility is a real step up from what they have seen before.

“It’s a great example of BAE Systems remaining at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing.  The BT5000 machine is another chapter in the story.”

The Long Spars and Longerons machine is the first of two machines to be installed in the machining facility. The second is planned to begin installation in 2014.

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Britain’s largest defence company is supporting more than 140 British athletes and their coaches in their quest for success on the world stage.

Since 2008 the company’s engineers have given more than 15,000 hours of engineering time and expertise and provided access to the cutting edge technologies normally used to develop specialist defence equipment ranging from the Astute submarine to the Typhoon jet fighter .

The work is part of a £1.5million value in kind technology partnership between BAE Systems and UK Sport, the UK’s high performance sports agency, where engineering skills and technology solutions are channelled directly into the areas of elite sports development where it is needed the most, helping athletes to make those all important marginal gains in training and competition.

Since the five-year partnership was launched in 2008, BAE Systems’ engineers have provided expertise to enhance training and equipment, covering events from taekwondo to speed skating and wheelchair racing to sailing.

The biggest successes have included:

* Bob Skeleton: The creation of Arthur, the bob skeleton sled that propelled Amy Williams to Britain’s first individual gold medal in three decades at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games

* Cycling: Using battlefield identification technology to introduce a sophisticated laser timing system at the Manchester Velodrome; allowing up to 30 riders to race each other simultaneously, while coaches track their second-by-second performance in real time

* Disability athletics: Wheelchair racers Shelly Woods and David Weir have spent time in a BAE Systems wind tunnel, normally reserved for testing Eurofighter Typhoons, to examine the aerodynamic flow to highlight their optimal racing position

* Sailing: Using predictive modelling software originally designed for future Unmanned Air Vehicles to help the Royal Yachting Association to improve the accuracy of weather pattern forecasting in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour

Owen Evans, BAE Systems Project Manager said: “The nature of our business requires us to be at the forefront of technology; designing, developing and supporting some of the world’s most complex and challenging engineering projects such as the new generation combat aircraft and nuclear powered submarines. We are proud to be able to pass on some of this expert knowledge to British athletes, to help give them a technology boost and potentially crucial performance advantage.”

Scott Drawer, UK Sport’s Head of Research and Innovation added: “In our mission to support British athletes to be among the most feared when they reach the start line, we have to leave no stone unturned in our quest for success.

“The support we receive via BAE Systems, and our other innovation partners, is key to giving our athletes the edge, both in training and competition; turning our relatively small team at UK Sport into a wider cast of thousands of the UK’s best creative thinkers in science, engineering and technology.”

BAE Systems and UK Sport have their next goal in sight; following detailed ‘human factors’ analysis, they are working with UK Athletics to investigate the design of the racing wheelchair.

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BAE Systems has been awarded the Macro Apprentice Employer of the Year at the National Apprentice Awards in London, in recognition of the company’s continued commitment to apprenticeship programmes across the UK. The Macro Apprentice Employer of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates the dedication of large employers (5,000+ employees) to developing their workforce through apprenticeships and showcasing the benefits to be gained from running apprenticeships.

BAE Systems runs one of the largest apprenticeship programmes in the UK, recruiting more than 250 apprentices a year with 95% of these being engineering apprentices and the remainder administration apprentices. With currently around 1000 apprentices in training across the UK, BAE Systems apprentices work on some of the world’s most complex and exciting engineering projects such as the new generation combat aircraft and Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, said:

“Winning the National Apprentice Awards Macro employer of the year is recognition of our commitment to our apprenticeships and early education programmes. This forms a key part of our skills 2020 strategy ensuring BAE Systems and the wider engineering community have the right skills to operate successfully in 2020. We value our apprenticeship programmes and believe it is the continual training and developing of talent within the company that makes our scheme so popular and rewarding for apprentices.

BAE Systems engineering apprentices spend their first year gaining core engineering skills and understanding the importance of heath and safety in the workplace. In the second year, apprentices are integrated into the business; expanding their depth of knowledge in their particular area of work. After typically three and a half years on the apprentice programme, around 50% go onto further training and 20% go onto study engineering at University. At the end of the programme, apprentices will have reached an NVQ level three and will have the opportunity to choose specific areas within their training.

Of all the apprentices that start the programme, over 80% complete successfully, a figure which has risen over recent years as the company makes continued improvements.

BAE Systems invests around £84,000 in each apprentice over the course of their three year training programme. This investment pays off with a skilled, motivated and loyal workforce. A study of 200 apprentices who had joined BAE Systems in 2002 showed, seven years on, 95% were still employed by the company

Through its Skills 2020 programme, BAE Systems invests more than £50M per annum in the UK in education and schools activity, university partnerships and training and development for employees. The company is committed to encouraging young people to take an interest in engineering, science, technology and maths and to consider a future career in these areas.

In 2010 OFSTED awarded the BAE Systems apprenticeship programme as Grade 1 - 'outstanding', in recognition of learners gaining exceptional technical and employment skills and improvements in engineering success rates.

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BAE Systems announced today that it has reached an agreement for the proposed sale of its Composite Structures business in Brea, California, to EnCore Composites Holdings, Inc.

“The decision to sell the Composite Structures business was made to better align the company’s strategic objectives and business portfolio,” said Frank Pope, President of BAE Systems Land & Armaments.

BAE Systems acquired the Composite Structures business through its purchase of United Defense in 2005. Composite Structures designs and manufactures complex, highly-engineered composite components and assemblies that are primarily used on commercial and defense aerospace platforms.

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A new independent report produced by economic research companies Oxford Economics and GeoEconomics, has outlined the value of BAE Systems and its 9,000 suppliers’ advanced manufacturing and engineering operations to the UK’s economy.

Including its own staff and through its supply chain and induced employment, BAE Systems was found to support a total of 125,000 jobs throughout the UK in 2009. The company made a direct contribution to the UK’s Gross Domestic Production of £3.3 billion.

In providing leading edge equipment and services to the armed forces and customers in the security sector, BAE Systems also delivered £4.9 billion of goods and services in net exports and paid £653 million in taxes. In the same period, the company spent £4.1 billion with its UK suppliers and invested £900 million in research & development (R&D) activities, with an additional £56 million spent on skills and education programmes to support the science, technology and engineering sectors.

The report, ‘The Economic Contribution of BAE Systems to the UK in 2009’ identified that BAE Systems’ 42,360 employees were 85 per cent more productive than the national average, each contributing £78,175 to the UK’s economy in 2009, compared to a national average of £42,200.

By comparisons with staff numbers at other UK manufacturing and engineering companies, the report confirmed BAE Systems’ position as the largest manufacturing-based employer. The company was also found to be the country’s largest single private sector employer of professional engineers with 18,000 engineering staff in 2009.

The report showcased BAE Systems’ contribution to the knowledge economy and R&D sectors, with the company’s investment having the potential to boost the UK’s GDP by one per cent over 12 years. Additionally, through the businesses in its supply chain as well as indirect employment in local communities serving the workforce, BAE Systems’ operations created a further 12 jobs in the wider economy for every 10 people employed by the company.

The company’s strategy of investing in its people was also highlighted - in 2009 the company provided more than 97,000 days of training for its UK employees as well as providing large-scale support for education and training projects in the wider community.

Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems said: "This report demonstrates the economic and social contribution made by thousands of skilled workers in the UK’s manufacturing and engineering sectors.  We must continue to invest to build and maintain our nation’s competitive advantage.”

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Speaking at the 2011 Latin America Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) show in Rio, Garwood says the world’s second largest defence and security company is keen to work more closely with Brazilian industry to transfer technology and skills. “The development of our presence in Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US is evidence of our commitment to creating indigenous defence capability in markets around the world,” he says.

BAE Systems is developing its business in countries which are committed to defence and security, welcome foreign investment and which posses a skilled workforce. “The economic strength and growing defence investment in Latin America makes it attractive to us,” adds Garwood.

In the last 12 months BAE Systems has made a joint proposal with the UK Government for the Brazilian Navy’s re-equipment programme. Elsewhere in Latin America, last year BAE Systems opened an office in Santiago, Chile, and secured a two year extended agreement with Chilean ship build and repair organisation ASMAR to support the country’s Type 22 and Type 23 frigates.

BAE Systems has its largest ever presence at LAAD 2011 and its ‘Home of Innovation’ exhibit highlights the company’s cutting edge defence and security capabilities. “Whether it’s the new Global Combat Ship or non lethal lasers to deter pirate attacks on commercial vessels, innovation is at the heart of what BAE Systems does,” comments Garwood. The company has a long history of developing some of the world’s most iconic technologies including Concorde and the Harrier Jet.

BAE Systems has had an office in Brasilia since 1998, which is headed by Ana Paula Cordeiro. In support of its growing Brazilian aspirations, the company has added two former Brazilian armed forces leaders to its local team. Antonio Burgos is the company’s Director for Military Affairs and Carlos Guimaraes its Director for Naval programmes.

BAE Systems’ Brazil office has previously provided support to the Brazilian Armed Forces for naval guns, radars and armoured vehicles. The company’s involvement with Brazil can be traced back to the Niteroi Class frigates purchased in the 1970s by the Brazilian navy from BAE Systems’ legacy business, VT Shipbuilding.

“These Niteroi frigates have served the Brazilian Navy well and the current naval modernisation tender comes at an interesting time for Brazil,” says Garwood.

“This purchase is not just about acquiring naval vessels,” he says. “In a broader sense it’s a significant opportunity for Brazil to develop its defence and security industry through the transfer of high end technology and skills. Key to Brazil’s global economic competitiveness will be further enhancing its manufacturing capability in added value industrial sectors such as these,” he concludes.

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BAE Systems has committed $160,000, along with volunteers and team mentors, to sponsor and support the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional, held this Friday and Saturday at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event that helps inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. High school students from across the nation and around the world design and build robots to compete in a fast-paced, sports-like challenge called LOGO MOTION™. Teams vie with their robots at regional competitions for a chance to participate in the FIRST National Championships, to be held April 28-30 in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We are happy to once again support the FIRST organization in Hawaii,” said David Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions. “As one of the largest employers in the state, we value FIRST as an excellent way to generate interest and excitement in science and technology. It’s all about encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering and similar fields, while also ensuring the future workforce of America.”

Nationwide, as a Strategic Partner of FIRST, BAE Systems has committed to providing a total of $1.79 million in 2011, sponsoring 170 FIRST teams and 12 FIRST regional competitions, including Hawaii’s. The company also funds team grants and college scholarships for FIRST students.

“On behalf of the Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC) and the Friends of Hawaii Robotics (FHR), we salute BAE Systems and greatly appreciate their funding and mentoring support,” the FHR Board of Directors said in a statement. “BAE Systems and ROC have grown the Hawaii FIRST Robotics Competition to be one of the favorite and most respected major competitions for all teams. Together, we form a strong partnership to promote STEM education and robotics in our local schools.

“With more than 400 Hawaii teams participating in robotics, Hawaii is a national leader in comprehensive robotics involvement. All best wishes to the FIRST teams as they compete under the banner of ‘gracious professionalism.’” The FHR Board members are: Brian Bennet, Kippen de Alba Chu, Alan Hayashi, Lenny Klompus and Ken Marcus.

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BAE Systems Support Solutions provides a range of services to meet needs in readiness and sustainment and operational support across the land, aviation, maritime and C4ISR domains, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and federal agencies. Support Solutions is also a leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company, serving the U.S. Navy and other maritime customers.

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BAE Systems has scooped the award for Best Supplier Partnership at the Manufacturing Industry Awards held earlier this month.

The awards, hosted by the Manufacturing Technologies Association seek to recognise the success and significance of engineering based manufacturing in the UK.  BAE Systems, in partnership with StarragHeckert, Fastems, TDM Systems and Nederman won the award in the Best Supplier Partnership category for delivering a highly flexible manufacturing system on the F-35 Lightning II programme.

The award recognises the success of a partnered approach in delivering a flexible system to support the manufacture of complex titanium parts for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.  The new state of the art machining facility based at BAE Systems Samlesbury is home to the world class, lean, fully integrated manufacturing system that maximises operator and machine efficiency.

Simon Bee, Head of Machining F-35, was part of the team who collected the award on the night.  “To be a truly flexible system all aspects of the machining facility have to interact seamlessly which added an extra layer of complexity to the task. Add to that, the team behind the solution came from five different companies from across the globe. We had to ensure we worked side-by-side, day-by-day on the solution. High levels of communication and a trusting relationship across the team were key to delivering this project, without it we stood little chance of getting it right with the full manufacturing system..”

Chris Allam, Senior Vice President, F-35 commented:  “BAE Systems’ expertise and innovation in manufacturing is one reason why we are a partner on the F-35 programme and continuing to push the boundaries and invest where appropriate is key to our future strategy. This enables us to retain vital manufacturing capabilities in the North West.  The machining facility is a key investment and helps maintain BAE Systems and the UK at the forefront of advanced manufacturing.”

The flexible management system will help ensure BAE Systems ramps up production to achieve the challenging rate of producing one F-35 aircraft set every day, whilst maintaining the exacting quality targets required on the programme.

BAE Systems is responsible for the design and delivery of the aft fuselage and empennage (tails and fins) for each F-35 variant, as well as key areas of the vehicle and weapon systems, in particular the fuel system, crew escape, life support system and prognostics health management integration. The Company also has significant work share in autonomic logistics, primarily on the support system side, and is involved in the Integrated Test Force, including the systems flight test and mission systems.

The F-35 Lightning II programme is the world’s largest defence programme, with current stated requirements from initial customers for approximately 3,000 aircraft

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Now in its sixth year, the engineering-based theatre show hopes to inspire 25,000 school children about science and engineering in 2011. Recent studies by industry body Engineering UK, have estimated that not only will just 10% of pupils continue with science post 16, but in the next 10 years the number of 18 year olds who choose to study science, technology, engineering and maths beyond that age could fall by a further 16%.

Hosted by Brains, the roadshow, which consists of a live theatre performance followed by two workshops, will tour 250 schools across the length and breadth of the UK.  The first workshop challenges students to programme a Lego Mindstorm vehicle, using laptop computers to navigate a short course. The second workshop, delivered by Royal Air Force personnel, will look at examples of how nature has inspired engineering inventions. BAE Systems for example has used biomimicry to design kit including BugEye – an optical imaging system based on the eye of a microscopic fly called the Xenos peckii.

Speaking at the launch event today, Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director at BAE Systems said: “The Schools Roadshow is a key element of our Skills 2020 programme which aims to ensure BAE Systems and the wider engineering community have the right skills to operate successfully in 2020. It’s crucial for the UK’s economic wellbeing that more young people choose careers in science, engineering, technology and maths. We’re particularly pleased to be working with the Royal Air Force as we share many of the same objectives in protecting the UK’s pipeline of engineering talent .”

Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere added: “Today has been fascinating for me! The roadshow makes the connections between science and everyday life and brings home why engineering is so important. It’s been great to watch it in action.”

Air Vice Marshal Simon Bollom, Director Combat Air, said: “Having a career as an engineer in the UK Royal Air Force allows you to work in locations across the world. Looking after some of the most technologically advanced aircraft requires the very best in engineering talent. The Schools Roadshow is designed to inspire and encourage young people to consider the incredible opportunities that are open to them in these specialist fields.”

Through its Skills 2020 programme, BAE Systems invests more than £50M per annum in the UK in education and schools activity, university partnerships and training and development for employees. Skills 2020 represents BAE Systems' commitment to ensuring it has the right skills to remain competitive and operate successfully in the UK over the next decade, into 2020 and beyond. The company has a dedicated website with a range of free on-line resources for pupils and teachers at:

BAE Systems along with partners ArvinMeritor and Navistar Defense have delivered an Enhanced Protection configuration of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototype to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

"The military looks to JLTV to provide the improvements in protection, performance, and payload needed to fill the capability gaps between the HMMWV and MRAP families of vehicles," said Ann Hoholick, vice president and general manager of New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems for BAE Systems' U.S. Combat Systems. "This vehicle is similar to the three Category A prototypes that were delivered earlier this year and has been further improved to allow for enhanced and scalable survivability without sacrificing essential expeditionary capabilities."

The team met this challenge by leveraging years of armor design and development experience, along with the innovative blast mitigation techniques that have been matured on BAE Systems' Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) family of vehicles.

"The advanced design and engineering of the Meritor ProTec Series 30 High Mobility Independent Suspension will provide advanced protection, mobility and ride quality for the JLTV platform," said Tim Burns, vice president of Defense and Specialty for ArvinMeritor.

This is the final prototype that the team will deliver during the 27-month technology development phase, which is expected to conclude in May 2011. The prototype vehicles will undergo continued government testing over the next several months to aid in the finalization of the requirements for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the program.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.  In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US $36.2 billion).

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BAE Systems has today launched a long-term partnership with the University of Strathclyde, one of the UK’s top centres for engineering research and education. The move aims to encourage close co-operation in the development of advanced maritime research and technology and a stream of fresh engineering talent into the Company, helping to maintain its position at the forefront of the complex global warship industry.

Worth at least £1.25 million over the next five years, the partnership is the third of its kind announced this year, demonstrating the Company’s continued investment in research and development in the maritime sector across the UK. The collaboration is part of BAE Systems’ overarching Skills2020 strategy, which aims to nurture the skills required for the Company to remain competitive and operate successfully over the next decade and beyond.

Today’s Memorandum of Understanding will encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and technology between the University and the Company, giving students opportunities for industrial placements and to learn from new guest lecturers with direct industrial experience. Additionally, the partners have already set up a workshop at the start of the new year to identify the most exciting areas of focus for their first collaborative research projects.

Alan Johnston, Managing Director at BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “By working in partnership, we’re aiming to bring engineering to life for today’s students and further strengthen the University’s research activity by focusing on real life industrial challenges, but also enhance the skills in our own business, which we need to remain at the forefront of engineering.

“This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the University of Strathclyde and reinforce the position of both the University and our business at the heart of the community in Glasgow.”

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The maritime sector plays an important role in supporting the economy, and today’s announcement reflects the need for leading-edge research and highly-skilled professionals to protect and enhance its future.

“The City of Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of excellence in shipbuilding, and I am delighted that Strathclyde engineers will work side-by-side with industry to develop the maritime technologies of tomorrow.”

The University of Strathclyde has a well established reputation as a leading international centre for engineering research. It has a number of collaborative and multidisciplinary research institutes and is also a partner in several research pools, including the Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland and Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering.

BAE Systems plans to announce a further three partnerships with UK universities over the coming year, building on those already launched with Heriot-Watt University, the University of Southampton and now the University of Strathclyde. All will continue to focus on disciplines within maritime engineering.

As one of the biggest UK supporters of education and skills, BAE Systems invests £50 million per annum to support its commitment to life-long learning. The Company is committed to investing in the skills of both its existing workforce and to playing a key role in supporting the development of future engineers in the UK. BAE Systems has links with approximately 100 universities globally through its university partnerships programme, with over 30 of these with UK institutions.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.  In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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