BAE Systems Awarded $60 Million in U.S. Air Force Contract Extensions to Maintain Space Radar and Telescope Systems

  BAE Systems Awarded $60 Million in U.S. Air Force Contract Extensions to
  Maintain Space Radar and Telescope Systems

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- November 27, 2012

BAE Systems has received a series of contract modifications, worth more than
$60 million, from the U.S. Air Force Space Command to continue supporting
large radar and telescope systems that are used for missile warning and space
surveillance missions. The company provides a range of technical services,
including round-the-clock operations and maintenance (O&M), to manage and
sustain these critical assets.

Thule Air Base in Greenland is one of several sites that BAE Systems supports
for the U.S. Air Force ...

Thule Air Base in Greenland is one of several sites that BAE Systems supports
for the U.S. Air Force Space Command. There, large radars help to track the
approximately 10,000 objects orbiting Earth - information that's critical for
missile warning and space surveillance missions. Employees provide a range of
technical services, including round-the-clock operations and maintenance, to
manage and sustain the radars. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The radar and telescope systems detect and identify various man-made objects
in space, such as active or inactive satellites, rocket parts and other
debris. The systems also track objects that may enter the atmosphere —
information that is vital to missile defense operations.

“This work is important for national security, communications and space
research,” said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager of
Aerospace Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our record of success on these programs
also demonstrates our strong capabilities in facilities management and O&M for
critical U.S. infrastructure assets.”

The Solid State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS) is a complex network of
radars that tracks approximately 10,000 objects orbiting Earth. From five
different locations, BAE Systems maintains the radars that make approximately
40,000 space observations each day. The program identifies and catalogs the
objects, and helps prevent them from colliding with satellites and the
International Space Station. The company has been supporting SSPARS since 2006
and recently received a $49 million contract extension for fiscal year 2013.
This work is conducted at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Beale Air
Force Base, California; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base,
Greenland; and Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom.

The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) is a
similar radar located at Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota. It carries
out many of the same missions as SSPARS. BAE Systems has been maintaining
PARCS since 2003 and recently received a $7 million contract extension for
fiscal year 2013.

The Ground-based Electro-optical Deep Space Surveillance System (GEODSS) is a
network that uses powerful telescopes, low-light cameras and computers —
instead of radars — to detect, track and report man-made objects in deep
space. This program is primarily concerned with objects further from Earth, at
about 3,000 miles and beyond. BAE Systems has been supporting GEODSS since
2009 and recently received a $5.5 million contract extension for fiscal year
2013. This work is conducted at Maui, Hawaii; Socorro, New Mexico; and the
island of Diego Garcia.

All three of these contracts are issued by the 21st Space Wing, headquartered
at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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