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Design Review Shows BAE Systems’ HAMMER Solution on Target

  Design Review Shows BAE Systems’ HAMMER Solution on Target

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NASHUA, N.H. -- February 19, 2014

BAE Systems’ HAMMER™ precision targeting system successfully completed the
U.S. Army’s Critical Design Review for its Joint Effects Targeting System
(JETS) Target Location Designation System (TLDS) program. This review of the
system’s design and capability is a key milestone as the company works toward
providing dismounted soldiers and operators with a lightweight and
cost-effective solution.

BAE Systems' HAMMER precision targeting system successfully completes Critical
Design Review for the ...

BAE Systems' HAMMER precision targeting system successfully completes Critical
Design Review for the U.S. Army's JETS program. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“Precise man-portable targeting is a mission-critical capability for our
dismounted soldiers,” said Dr. Mark Hutchins, director of Targeting Programs
at BAE Systems. “Our HAMMER solution will provide forward observers and joint
terminal attack controllers with the lightweight, compact, and highly advanced
system they need to be successful.”

JETS is an Army-led, joint-interest program with the U.S. Air Force and U.S.
Marine Corps aimed at developing and fielding a man-portable targeting system
that provides our armed forces with the ability to acquire, identify,
precisely locate, and mark targets in all lighting and weather conditions. In
March 2013, BAE Systems was awarded a contract to support the JETS program
with the company’s Handheld Azimuth Measuring, Marking, Electro-optic imaging,
and Ranging (HAMMER) precision targeting system. BAE Systems’ offering is less
than one-half the weight and cost of the targeting systems currently in the
Department of Defense inventory.

When fielded as part of the JETS program, the HAMMER system will help soldiers
distinguish friends from foes with satellite positioning and surveillance
information, and allow them to rapidly receive, transmit, and coordinate
targeting data. Leveraging these capabilities, the system will support the
complex missions of today’s warfighter while significantly reducing collateral
damage and friendly fire incidents.

Following completion of this design phase, BAE Systems will begin the
program’s qualification phase in which several HAMMER systems will be
manufactured and tested against JETS technical requirements throughout 2014
and early 2015. The program remains on schedule for initial JETS TLDS fielding
in 2016.

Additional information regarding the HAMMER precision targeting system can be
found at www.baesystems.com/hammer.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Paul Roberts
Tel: +1 603-885-4504
paul.a.roberts@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/US
 
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