Primagraphics Wins Record 2.8 Million (US$4.4M) Order from Alenia Marconi Systems

11/5/2002 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has won a record 2.8 million (US$4.4m) contract from Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) to supply radar input and scan converter systems.

Primagraphics' equipment will be integrated by engineers at AMS (Farlington, Portsmouth, England) with the new flat panel displays, processors and software that will be fitted to the command and control consoles on board every one of the British Royal Navy's fleet of Type 42 destroyers. The first ship to be upgraded with the new equipment will be HMS Gloucester.

Alenia Marconi Systems was awarded the latest £13.5m (US$21.5m) ADAWS upgrade contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence in June 2002. The ADAWS (Action Data Automated Weapon System) command and control system is combat proven in anti-air warfare, fighter control, missile direction, naval gunfire support and anti submarine warfare. The new upgraded equipment will provide the Royal Navy with modern colour display systems in every console, delivering significantly improved functionality at a substantially reduced maintenance cost.

Commenting on the contract, Frank A. Thompson, senior project manager at AMS, said: "We were extremely impressed by Primagraphics' professional, responsive and flexible approach to this programme. Not only did they provide a cost-effective, fully integrated system, the company's support engineers worked in partnership with our team to ensure that the customer qualification process was completely successful."

Primagraphics will be supplying AMS with PCI hardware and software from its established commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) METRO product range including its Advantage Plus PCI radar scan converter and its Virgo PCI radar input card. Shipments will start before the end of 2002 and will be completed by July 2004.

"This is the largest single contract Primagraphics has secured in its history and it is a major boost to have received it during our 20th anniversary year," said John Hunter, marketing director, Primagraphics. "We have come a long way since Roy White (now chairman) and Mike Foxton (now technical director) founded the company in 1982. In two decades, the company has established itself on the international stage and is now selling its systems in every continent on the globe."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defense systems.

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks.

As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. The company offers a full turnkey service to its clients including hardware, systems integration, standard and customised software, technical expertise and support. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA (Charlottesville, VA) and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Alenia Marconi Systems
AMS is an equal shares joint venture between FINMECCANICA of Italy and BAE SYSTEMS of the UK. AMS is a multi-national electronic systems company specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of radar and mission critical command, control and management systems to defence forces and air traffic management authorities throughout the world. It employs 7,400 people, has a turnover in excess of 1.2bn Euros with a healthy order book of 4bn Euros which underpins its ambitious growth plans for the next four years. AMS has an established customer base in over 130 countries.

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