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DRS TECHNOLOGIES Awarded $139 Million Contract To Upgrade Fire Contol System Of U.S. Army Bradley Combat System

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Bradley IFV

Parsippany, NJ, March 21 -- DRS Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has received a $139 million contract to provide Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystems (IBAS) for the U.S. Armyís Bradley Combat System program.

The Bradley Fighting Vehicles are among the most formidable ground force capabilities in U.S. Army inventory and continue to be an integral part of military operations in Iraq. The IBAS enables vehicle gunners to detect, identify and engage tactical targets at dramatically greater operational ranges, increasing ground force survivability and target lethality.

The contract was awarded to DRS by BAE Systems, the prime contractor for the development and production of the Bradley vehicles. DRS, as the prime contractor of the IBAS to BAE Systems, will produce, test and provide support services for over 400 systems for the Bradley A3, which include the Target Acquisition Subsystem (TAS) and Missile Control Subsystem (MCS). This order also will include DRSís new Mono Block Laser Range Finder, as well as the U.S. Army Block 1 B-Kit, a Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (SG FLIR) system developed as part of the Armyís Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) initiative.

Work for this award will be accomplished by the companyís DRS Optronics unit in Palm Bay, Florida. Product deliveries are expected to commence in July and conclude in June 2007.

"This award builds on our reputation as a proven, world-class fire control systems producer, highlights our customerís regard for our strong, long-term performance on this program and introduces DRSís new Mono Block Laser Range Finder," said Fred L. Marion, president of DRSís Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group. "The leading edge sighting system technologies that are being incorporated in the IBAS are critical to the Bradley A3 and provide increased target acquisition, greater stand-off ranges and improved survivability for our ground forces. This latest award underscores DRSís position as a major supplier to the Bradley program and a leader in fire control solutions for Army ground combat platforms."

The Bradley A3 is the Armyís most advanced, integrated digital ground system, providing outstanding survivability, mobility and target lethality to soldiers in all types of close-combat urban scenarios or in open combat desert warfare.

The IBAS enhances lethality through automated ballistics solutions and target tracking software. Using Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly (SADA) II technology, the IBAS incorporates the Armyís Block 1 B-Kit, in addition to direct view optics, dual-aided target tracking capability, an eye-safe laser range finder, a daylight television, and a two-axis stabilized pointing head mirror assembly. Other IBAS system improvements include enhanced shoot-on-the-move capability for the Bradley 25mm gun.

DRS Technologies, Inc.
30.03.2006

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