BAE to Help US Military, Saudi Arabia Avoid Friendly Fire

BAE Systems‘ information and electronic systems integration sector has won a $13,480,910 firm-fixed-price contract to provide CXP digital transponder hardware to the U.S. Army and Navy and the governments of Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

The Pentagon announcement said the foreign military sales account for around five percent of the award.

BAE will provide its common “identification friend or foe” transponders, which help forces recognize friendly aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

Defense Industry Daily reports that BAE’s transponder can operate on submarines, surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

The Pentagon expects contract work to wrap up in December 2014. $3,219,646 in contract funds will expire at the end of fiscal year 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

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