SELEX S&AS Brings Its Galileo Avionica Mirach 100/5 Target at AUSA

(WASHINGTON - October 4, 2005) -- SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (SELEX S&AS) will introduce the Mirach 100/5 aerial target to the United States market at the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. "SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems makes its debut on the United States market with a product already known and appreciated in Europe," comments SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems CEO Giancarlo Grasso. "I am proud to say that the Mirach 100/5 has become the standard threat simulator used by European armed forces to train and qualify major weapons, replacing all previous-generation systems in use at firing ranges." Designed and developed by Galileo Avionica, the Italian branch of SELEX S&AS, the Mirach 100/5 is the state-of-the-art aerial target system for antiaircraft missile firing practice and weapon system qualification. By using infrared (IR) countermeasures and simulated high thermal signatures, the Mirach 100/5 effectively simulates the attacker's evasive and high-G maneuvers. For weapon system qualification, the Mirach 100/5 uses a special on-board sensor to measure with extreme precision the trajectory and attitude of the incoming missile, and to transmit the data to the ground station in real time. The Mirach 100/5 is already used in the UK, Italy, Spain and France, as well as the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) in Crete. It can manage up to 8 targets simultaneously and fly at high subsonic speeds, both solo and in formation. Galileo Avionica supplies the Mirach 100/5 naval variant to the UK for the RAST program. In addition, in 2003 it signed a major contract with QinetiQ, the UK company responsible for British firing ranges operations. In this case, the Mirach 100/5 was selected under the Replacement Aerial Target System (RATS) program to replace the British Jindivik aerial target previously used at the Aberporth range. The contract initially called for the supply of 10 Mirach systems, with an option for 10 systems annually for 10 years. A recent amendment covers the supply of 40 additional systems, spare parts and logistic support. In 2005 the Mirach 100/5 entered service with Centre d'Essais de Lancement de Missiles (CELM) at Biscarrosse and Levant island, under a contract with the Delegation Generale pour l'Armement (DGA). SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems S.p.A., a Finmeccanica Company, specialises in surveillance, protection, tracking, targeting and imaging systems, controls Galileo Avionica S.p.A. and Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems Ltd. Galileo Avionica S.p.A is the Italian avionics leader. It focuses on the design, development and production of avionics and electro-optical equipment, airborne radar and precision approach radars, UAVs and Simulators, space equipment for platform and payloads. Galileo Avionica offers systems integration capabilities and know-how and participates as prime or partner in all European military co-operative programs (Eurofighter, NH-90, EH-101). In 2004 Galileo Avionica has registered revenues of Euros 556 million. Contact: SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems Galileo Avionica Daniela Gabriele, +39 06 41883854 +39 335 7499461 (mobile) or Dentsu Communications Inc. Enrique Briz, 212-660-6759 917-678-5062 (cell)

Source: Finmeccanica
Date: Oct 4, 2005

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