Army awards deal to reduce friendly fire

Jan. 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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GREENLAWN, N.Y., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems and Thales to develop a technology to reduce casualties from friendly fire.

British companies BAE and Thales were awarded the contract from the Army Communications and Electronics Life Cycle Management Center. As part of the $3.3 million deal, BAE and Thales will develop combat identification solutions to reduce incidences of friendly fire.

Officials say BAE and Thales will study millimeter-wave systems and develop combat technology that can signal the presence of friendly vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.

"BAE Systems and Thales are working together to develop a systems approach that combines Thales's expertise in combat identification equipment and BAE Systems' expertise in platform integration and network-centric combat identification capabilities," Paul Markwardt, vice president of identification and surveillance for BAE Systems in Greenlawn, N.Y., said in a statement.

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