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15 October 2009

e2v secures £4.6m defence orders with BAE Systems

e2v technologies, the developer and manufacturer of specialised components and sub-systems, announces the latest orders from BAE Systems for the supply of electron devices and microwave sub-systems.

The first order, worth £2.2m, is for the supply of radar components and subsystems for the radar platform on the Seawolf air defence system.

Further orders, worth $3.9m, have been made under a contract, signed in 2008, where e2v is the prime supplier of electron devices to BAE Systems against their contract with the US DoD for the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) AN/ALE-55(V) fiber optic towed decoy system, for use on the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. These latest orders under the contract are for the low rate initial production stages.

e2v’s electron devices deliver the RF power used by the AN/ALE-55(V) towed decoy, which, when deployed, is towed behind an aircraft, protecting it against RF-guided missiles.

Following a 1-2 year ramp up to full production rates, subsequent order releases against the contract will be in the order of $6m (£4m) per annum, anticipated to be delivered over a 17-year period.

Keith Attwood, Chief Executive of e2v, commented: “These orders, and specifically the related long term contract, reinforce e2v's position as a strategic supplier to the global defence industry and helps underpin our objectives in this important marketplace."


Jessica Broom
Tel: + 44 (0) 1 245 453 607



e2v’s objective is to be a global leader in the design and supply of specialised components and sub-systems that enable the world’s leading systems companies to deliver innovative solutions for medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets.

e2v is organised into four divisions:

  • High performance electron devices and subsystems for applications including: defence electronic countermeasures, radiotherapy cancer treatment, radar systems, industrial heating, satellite communications amplifiers, digital television transmitters and high power RF systems.
  • Advanced CCD and CMOS imaging sensors and cameras for applications including: space, science and life science imaging, industrial process control, intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray systems and military surveillance.
  • Specialist semiconductors, including logic, memory and microprocessors (in partnership with Freescale Semiconductor) for: high reliability mission-critical programmes in avionics, telecommunications and defence, sensor data acquisition, and high speed data conversion.
  • A range of professional sensing products for applications including: environmental safety, x-ray spectroscopy, automotive alarm and security systems, microwave radar and safety and arming devices, fire rescue and security thermal imaging.

For the year ended 31 March 2009, e2v achieved sales of £233m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In October 2008 e2v acquired QP semiconductor, a leading US-based designer and supplier of specialty semiconductor components used in military and aerospace applications, establishing e2v’s first US manufacturing base.

The Company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has approximately 1700 employees in six production facilities across Europe and North America. e2v also operates a global network of sales and technical support offices, supported by local distributors and resellers.

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