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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2007

BAE systems wins $49M contract with Navy in Hawaii

Advertiser Staff

BAE Systems said all work on a new $49 million U.S. Navy contract to develop a system that can rapidly identify and track camouflaged or concealed objects and targets will be done at its Honolulu facility.

The company said the Joint Multi-Mission Electro-Optical System (JMMES) contract calls for BAE Systems to develop aircraft sensors that enable passive, non-intrusive detection of submerged and concealed targets. The effort is funded jointly by the Navy, the deputy undersecretary of Defense Advanced Systems and Concepts, and the Canadian Ministry of National Defence.

It said JMMES will detect, classify, identify and track otherwise hard-to-find objects to support a variety of tactical operations and homeland security missions. Using sensors compatible with naval aircraft, JMMES will demonstrate automatic processing and a targeting capability intended for joint, coalition and inter-agency surveillance needs.

"This is a key milestone along the acquisition path of one of our flagship programs," Ty Aldinger, director and general manager for BAE Systems' Identification and Surveillance business in Honolulu, said in a news release.

"The JMMES program offers significant new capabilities to both U.S. defense and allied customers."

Capitalizing on the unique test and evaluation opportunities at the Pacific Missile Range Facility and the Navy's Hawai'i operating areas, BAE Systems' Honolulu site has served as a Department of Defense technology incubator for more than 10 years.