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Smiths Detection Wins $19 Million U.S. Army Contract

January 23, 2009

Follow-on profiler order for advanced meteorological measuring systems gives U.S. Army and National Guard access to real-time weather data for precise military operations.


EDGEWOOD, MD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smiths Detection announces it has received a $19.3 million contract from the U.S. Army for Meteorological Measuring Set-Profiler (MMS-P) systems, taking the total Program value to over $89 million. The sophisticated upper atmospheric measuring systems are used to extend the accuracy of field artillery. Deliveries will start in October 2009.

Accessing real-time atmospheric data to provide comprehensive updates, the MMS-P incorporates information from varied sources including, satellites, ground sensors and weather balloons. The system uses a customized version of the MM5, the most widely used and accepted mesoscale meteorological model in the world. It also features an enhanced radiosonde system including a simplified operator interface.

Mal Maginnis, President, Global Military and Emergency Responders for Smiths Detection, said: "We are delighted with this strong validation of our participation in the MMS-P Program. The U.S. Army continues to deploy the most advanced technologies available and the MMS-P provides critical data for accuracy in certain military operations."

The advanced MMS-P delivers more accurate atmospheric updates than earlier generation systems and expands the range of field by 200%. The system is built into a specially equipped HMMWV vehicle, making the system highly mobile.

MMS-P systems are currently in use worldwide by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army National Guard.

About Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection is part of the global technology business Smiths Group. It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband. Its advanced technology security solutions also include Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging systems, millimeter-wave technology and a specialist software supply business for the management of large sensor and video surveillance networks. Separate business units focus on related products for the life sciences, and food manufacturing industries.

About Smiths Group
Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy and communications markets worldwide. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries.


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