Air Force Selects ITT Exelis to Develop Final Concept for Weather Imaging Sensor

  Air Force Selects ITT Exelis to Develop Final Concept for Weather Imaging

Business Wire

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- February 12, 2013

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $13 million U.S. Air Force contract
to study design modifications and to develop a final concept for an
affordable, low-risk weather imaging sensor.

The Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, Calif., awarded the contract
to Exelis in support of the Weather Satellite Follow-On Program. The one-year
study will solidify the design for the imaging sensor and ensure the
instrument can be flown on multiple satellite platforms providing maximum
flexibility for the Air Force in planning its next-generation program.

With more channels, upgraded electronics, and at a much lower cost than
current imaging sensors, the Exelis electro-optical/infrared environmental
sensor will provide an increase in capabilities above existing defense weather
satellite sensors.

“Our sensor design will provide the Air Force and the warfighter with better
weather information, especially regarding clouds, which is critical to mission
planning,” said Eric Webster, ITT Exelis vice president of Weather Systems.
“Our goal is to do it at a much more affordable price and at a much lower risk
than normal satellite procurements. At the end of the study, we will have a
definitive cost and schedule to build the flight hardware.”

Exelis has built more than 60 meteorological payloads for the U.S. government
and international customers during the past 40 years. In September, Exelis’s
17^th Advanced Very High Resolution Radar (AVHRR) reached orbit as part of
Europe’s latest Meteorological Operational Satellite program. It is part of a
suite of 11 sensors that offers improved sensing capabilities to
meteorologists and climatologists around the world providing unprecedented
accuracy and resolution. Exelis’s Advanced Baseline Imager is the primary
instrument on GOES-R for imaging Earth’s weather, climate and environment.

“We are leveraging this experience and our legacy instruments to keep costs
down, schedules short and confidence high,” Webster said. A September 2012
Congressional Budget Office paper examined three satellite design concepts the
Department of Defense might consider. The CBO concluded two of the options
featuring Exelis’s AVHRR would be significantly less costly than a third
option most similar to the satellite the DOD was planning prior to the
cancelled Defense Weather Satellite System program.

About ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8


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