SaabTech receives order for test and trial of BOL Countermeasures Dispensing System for the Australian Airforce's F-18s

SaabTech receives order for test and trial of BOL Countermeasures
Dispensing System for the Australian Airforce's F-18s

The Commonwealth of Australia has awarded SaabTech an order for
adaptation and flight trials of the BOL Countermeasure Dispensing System
for the Royal Australian Air Force's F/A-18 Hornet.

"We are proud to be selected to be evaluated on the Australian Air
Force's F/A-18 fighters. The order shows that the BOL system is a world
leading product well-established in the field of self-protection
internationally," says SaabTech's president Björn Erman.

The Australian Air Force will be the first customer to evaluate BOL on
the F/A-18. The test and trial contract, that is valued at 16,5 MSEK
(approx 2,2 MUSD), opens up for later manufacturing programs.

SaabTech will support RAAF flight trials scheduled for the 4th quarter
of 2004. The trial is part of the Hornet Upgrade Program phase 2.3,
which is an improvement to the aircraft's Electronic Warfare Self
Protection. This program is believed to be the largest fighter aircraft
improvement project in the world today. A successful trial may be
followed by a production order for equipping an undisclosed number of
F/A-18s with BOL dispensers.

The configuration for the F/A-18s is four BOLs per aircraft, comprising
two conformal mountings on weapon pylons. This number of dispensers will
dramatically increase the amount of expendables carried by each
aircraft, and so lead to improved survivability against a variety of
missile threats.

The Melbourne-based company Aerostructures has been contracted for the
development of the pylon modification kit.

Facts about the BOL system:

The BOL system from Saab is an Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser with
proven superior performance. It holds 160 chaff/flare packages, up to
five times more than conventional dispensers. Placed out on the wings,
vortices will greatly improve dispersion and provide the rapid blooming
rate essential to breaking radar locks and, in pre-emptive mode, deny
acquisition of IR-seekers.

The system is in operational service on US Navy's
F-14 Tomcat, UK Harrier GR7 and Tornado, and USAir Force's/Air National
Guard's F-15 Eagle. The system is currently in production for US Air
Force's/Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle, EF-2000 Typhoon and the Swedish
JAS-39 Gripen.

Facts about the company:

SaabTech is a leading supplier of Avionics and Electronic Warfare
Systems on the international market, and a principal supplier to the
Gripen fighter.

The company offers a full range of Electronic Warfare assets, with focus
on systems, equipment and in-service support for self-protection, ESM
and Electronic Attack. Key elements are radar, UV and laser sensors as
well as jammers, decoys and countermeasures dispenser systems.

The company's Avionics range includes airborne mission and utility
systems, display- and recording systems, tactical reconnaissance systems
and flight control equipment.

SaabTech is a member of the Saab Group, one of the world's leading high-
technology companies, with its main operations focusing on defence,
aviation and space. The group covers a broad spectrum of competence and
capabilities in systems integration.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capabilities in systems
integration.

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For further information please contact:
Per Hansson, Senior Manager Marketing and Sales, Electronic Warfare
Systems Division, SaabTech,
phone +46 73 437 44 37.
Anna Bergenlid, director of communications & PR, SaabTech,
phone +46 73 437 53 06.

www.saab.se

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