BAE Systems to Begin Production on Paladin Integrated Management System at Elgin Operations Facility

  BAE Systems to Begin Production on Paladin Integrated Management System at
  Elgin Operations Facility

Business Wire

ELGIN, Okla. -- December 06, 2012

BAE Systems announced today that the company plans to complete low-rate
initial production (LRIP) of the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) 155mm
self-propelled howitzer system at the Elgin, Oklahoma facility located in the
Fort Sill Industrial Park, home of the U.S. Army field artillery.

BAE Systems will complete the low-rate initial production of the Paladin
Integrated Management 155mm ...

BAE Systems will complete the low-rate initial production of the Paladin
Integrated Management 155mm self-propelled howitzer system at its Elgin,
Oklahoma facility located in the Fort Sill Industrial Park. (Photo: BAE
Systems)

“After years of working on this issue, today’s BAE Systems announcement is
exciting news for Elgin, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and the U.S. Army,” said U.S.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). “BAE Systems’ plan to expand the Elgin facility
will mean more jobs for the area as the PIM program provides improved
technology for our Army artillery personnel. This announcement means that jobs
will be moved to Elgin two to three years sooner than they otherwise would
have under the old plan.”

“This is a great opportunity for the company to work even closer with the
Artillery Center of Excellence and local industry in the Elgin-Lawton area,”
said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of vehicle systems at
BAE Systems. “Being this close to Fort Sill allows us to access a highly
skilled and experienced artillery workforce, while enabling a time and
cost-saving transition of the PIM vehicles from production to verification.”

The PIM LRIP award is slated for the third quarter in 2013 and follows the
successful design and development work at BAE Systems’ York facility and
recent limited user tests conducted by the company and the Army in Yuma, Ariz.
As part of the PIM LRIP program, BAE Systems will focus on the final
integration, assembly and test of 72 PIM systems. Key components of the PIM
production vehicles, including the chassis, will be sent to the Elgin facility
from BAE Systems manufacturing facilities and suppliers. As part of final
assembly and checkout, BAE Systems will use Fort Sill where they will undergo
mobility and firing verification.

"I applaud BAE Systems' ongoing and now growing commitment to locate the final
assembly of the Army's PIM weapon system at their Elgin facility,” said U.S.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4th Congressional District). “Oklahoma can be proud
that in addition to being home to the Army's Fires Center of Excellence at
Fort Sill, the region will continue to play an essential role in equipping our
troops with essential fire support for the future."

The U.S. Army launched the PIM program in 2007 to enhance the Paladin fleet
and ensure it remains ready and sustainable through its projected life beyond
the year 2050. PIM will provide critical upgrades to already existing Paladins
that will increase the reliability, commonality and performance of the M109
family of vehicles — a critical fire support asset to Armored Brigade Combat
Teams (ABCT).

BAE Systems, along with an extensive national supply chain, supports not only
the PIM and M109 fleets across the Army’s ABCT, but also the Bradley Fighting
Vehicle, M88, and M113.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Stephanie Bissell Serkhoshian, +1 703-907-8244
Mobile: +1 703-785-7891
stephanie.serkhoshian@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com
 
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