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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

IR Targeted for Helicopters

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The Apache Arrowhead Forward Looking Infrared System for U.S. Army AH-64 attack helicopters and the British Army’s AH MK 1 helicopters are implementing infrared targeting receiver assemblies.

DRS Technologies Inc. (Parsippany, NJ) received $30 million in new orders to produce the systems. The orders represent Lot 2 production of the Arrowhead, the U.S. Army’s Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system, and initial production to upgrade the United Kingdom’s Apache air fleet.

The contracts were awarded to DRS by Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control (Orlando), which is part of Team Apache Systems LLC. For these orders, the company’s DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas, will provide Standard Advanced Dewar Assemblies Type I units, which are infrared detector and cryogenic cooler assemblies. Product deliveries are expected to commence in March 2006 and continue through June 2007. Additional awards are anticipated by the company.

“Our receiver design is based on the Army’s Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) B-Kit currently being produced by DRS for a number of ground vehicles. This design, which provided a proven baseline, is optimized for this new airborne application,” says Fred L. Marion, president of DRS’ Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group.

SADA I and other HTI Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared System programs supported by DRS remain central to the U.S. Army’s modernization strategy and its goal to dominate the expanded battle space in the 21st century.

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