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  • BAE to Provide Navy Sensors
May 2007
GREENLAWN, N.Y., May 21, 2007 -- BAE Systems has been named sensor subcontractor for Raytheon Technical Services Co.’s shared reconnaissance pod (SHARP) target cueing system demonstration.

Under a $2.3 million contract with Raytheon, BAE Systems will use its spectral infrared imaging technology testbed (SPIRITT) high-altitude hyperspectral technology to automatically detect, classify and identify camouflaged and concealed targets based on their spectral signature.

Hyperspectral imaging extracts unique spectral data from hundreds of visible to infrared wavelengths to detect objects based on their material composition.

“BAE Systems’ sensor technology will demonstrate a significant increase in capability to the SHARP system,” said Paul Markwardt, vice president of Identification and Surveillance for BAE Systems in Greenlawn, N.Y. “It will demonstrate the potential for Navy pilots to identify targets in real time in daytime, at night, and in bad weather, improving their safety and effectiveness.”

SHARP will provide a high-resolution, digital tactical air reconnaissance capability with advanced day/night and all-weather capability. It will be demonstrated on an F/A-18E/F aircraft in the first application of hyperspectral technology on a tactical fighter.

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