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DRS Technologies Awarded $18 Million Contract To Produce Infrared Assemblies For U.S. Army Combat Vehicles

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Parsippany, NJ, -- DRS Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been awarded an $18 million contract to produce optically improved, Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly (SADA) II assemblies for use on the U.S. Armyís M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks.

The contract was awarded to DRS by Raytheon Company Network Centric Systems, located in McKinney, Texas. For this award, DRS will produce and deliver SADA II assemblies for the Armyís Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) B-Kit systems, which provide common advanced infrared imaging capabilities across several ground vehicle platforms. SADA II is used in the HTI Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (2nd Gen FLIR) Thermal Imaging System, also produced by the company. Work for this order will be performed by the companyís DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas, Texas. Product deliveries are expected to begin next month and continue through April 2007.

"DRS is a key supplier in support of U.S. Army programs incorporating advanced Second Generation infrared products," said Fred L. Marion, president of DRSís Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group. "The leading edge technology of SADA II contributes to the strategic responsiveness, forward engagement and force projection capabilities of the U.S. Army, which is key to missions involving deterrence, protection, maneuver and strike. SADA II and other HTI programs supported by DRS remain central to the Armyís modernization strategy and its goal to dominate the expanded battle space in the 21st century."

The SADA II assemblies produced under this contract will incorporate the latest optical improvement modifications, representing state-of-the-art FLIR detector performance. DRSís SADA II meets or exceeds all specifications with excellent on time delivery and quality ratings and also provides such benefits as long-term cost reduction, lower production cycle times and easier implementation in the manufacturing process.

DRS Technologies, Inc.
09.12.2005

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