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Exelis to help repair, modernize tactical radios
by Richard Tomkins
Basingstoke, England (UPI) May 23, 2013

Exelis expanding presence in Australia
Mclean, Va. (UPI) May 21, 2013 - Exelis is expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region with establishment of a headquarters in Australia and a research and development facility.

The company said the headquarter and R&D facility, which will also conduct testing and systems integration, will be in the city of Melbourne in Victoria State.

"The decision to establish our Asia-Pacific headquarters in Melbourne was heavily influenced by the region's robust engineering talent, growing market opportunities and the unwavering support from the Victorian Government," said Exelis Chief Exective Officer and President David Melcher. "Paired with our more than 40 years of history serving the Australian market, this expansion represents our company's continued commitment to growing our presence in the Asia-Pacific region and our focus on international expansion."

Exelis established a presence in Melbourne last year when it acquired C4i Pty. Ltd.

Exelis said its new regional presence in Australia will ensure greater in-market resources to defense and security needs and also enhanced development of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, analytics and electronic warfare products.

Exelis is to support work by General Dynamics UK in modernization and other services in modernizing British military's tactical radios.

Work will be performed under two contracts from General Dynamics UK. The first The first award is a five-year contract to provide post-engineering design services for VHF and UHF radios manufactured by Exelis for the U.K. Bowman team. Exelis was the manufacturer of those radios as part of the General Dynamics U.K.-led Bowman program.

The first contract is a five-year award for post-engineering design services for VHF and UHF radios that were manufactured by Exelis as part of a General Dynamics Bowman team.

The second is for logistics, supply and support of fielded Bowman tactical radios. It is for five years and includes replacement and repair of the equipment.

"The work Exelis will do under these contracts will ensure that the Ministry of Defense's current tactical radio fleet is fully supported through the transition to the next generation of modern tactical radios for U.K. forces," said Chris Reith, the managing director of Exelis Defense Limited in Basingstoke, Hampshire.


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