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Ball Aerospace Wins Contract for Global Nuclear Terminal Phased Array Antenna System
December 18, 2007
BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 18, 2007 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected as the prime contractor by Sandia National Laboratories to develop and build the phased array antenna system for the Ground Nuclear Detection Terminal (GNT) Integrated Correlation and Display System (ICADS). The antenna system is part of the nation’s early warning system to detect, locate and characterize ground-based nuclear detonations worldwide. The ICADS will relay multiple satellite signals to ground-based command and control sites. The Ball Aerospace antenna system will also be used on the GNT, a transportable version of the system.
The GNT ICADS will build on previous antenna programs Ball Aerospace has undertaken for Sandia National Laboratories, including the Global Antenna System and the existing GNT system.
“Ball Aerospace is pleased to continue its work with Sandia National Laboratories to protect our national interests,” said Drew Crouch, vice president and general manager for Ball’s Advanced Technologies & Products business unit. “For more than three decades, Ball Aerospace has provided specialized antennas that offer a superior level of performance.”
Ball Aerospace is scheduled to deliver two Enhanced Antenna Subsystem qualification units and 10 production units by 2010.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more than 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.
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