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DRS Tech To Produce Infrared Assemblies for Javelin Missile

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Parsippany, N.J. - Feb 11, 2004
DRS Technologies, Inc. has received a $23.7 million production contract on the Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System program. Javelin is the world's premier man-portable, fire-and-forget, medium-range, anti-tank weapon system and is utilized by U.S. Army and Marine Corps combat units. It also is approved through the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program for international procurement.

The award was received from Raytheon Missile Systems Company, a unit of Raytheon Company, located in Tucson, Arizona. For this award, which is the fourth order under a multi-year contract, the company's DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas, Texas will produce Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (SG Gen II FLIR) detectors, Dewar assemblies and coolers for the Javelin's Command Launch Unit (CLU).

Product deliveries for this award commenced in December 2003 and are expected to continue through October 2004. The exercise of additional options on this program are anticipated, placing DRS-produced components and assemblies in service on more than 3,000 CLUs over the next three years.

The value of awards received to date on this program is approximately $75 million, including this latest order. DRS has delivered more than 2,000 SG Gen II FLIR components and assemblies for the Javelin since the program's inception and is the sole supplier of the infrared detector arrays, vacuum Dewar assemblies and quiet coolers for the Javelin's CLU.

"Javelin is a proven, revolutionary, superior ground combat weapon system providing the highest levels of performance, effectiveness and survivability for our ground forces," said Fred L. Marion, president of DRS's Electro-Optical Systems Group.

"This is a key program for us and recognizes DRS as a supplier of choice for critical Second Generation infrared components and assemblies for significant multi-year electro-optical targeting systems programs."

The Javelin missile system was developed by a joint venture formed by Raytheon Systems Company and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a unit of Lockheed Martin. It replaces the aging, wire-guided Dragon missile in ranger and special operations units, infantry and engineer battalions, and armored Scout platoons.

Javelin supports the Army's transformation efforts, including current and future forces, by enabling a single soldier to defeat any armored vehicle. It has more than twice the range of earlier man-portable anti-tank weapons and uses DRS's critical SG Gen II FLIR technology to target threats during the day or night.

DRS's detection and Dewar assembly contains the highly sensitive infrared focal plane array detector. The company's patented, quieter, dual-opposed piston coolers eliminate the noise of earlier sights, thereby helping to conceal the user.

DRS provides advanced focal plane arrays, Dewar assemblies and coolers for several significant U.S. military programs and is a market leader in long-range, advanced infrared sighting and weapons systems technology for day and night target detection under harsh environmental conditions.

The company's SG Gen II FLIR technology is key to missions involving deterrence, protection, maneuver and strike. Horizontal Technology Integration-related programs supported by DRS remain central to the Army and Marine Corps' modernization strategy and their goal to dominate the expanded battle space in the 21st century.

DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, provides leading edge products and services to defense, government intelligence and commercial customers. Focused on defense technology, DRS develops and manufactures a broad range of mission critical systems. The company employs 5,700 people worldwide.

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