BAE SYSTEMS Silver Awards
 

Through Skin Sensor

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Pinpoint Precision on the Wing – Operators like this wing-drilling technology so much, they won’t give back the prototype. To win that kind of customer buy-in, this one-woman team built partnerships with manufacturers and re-engineered existing devices to meet user requests. The Through Skin Sensor device is not only respected in the field, but it substantially reduces reworking costs and eliminates back drilling. With future applications to all aircraft manufacturers and military clients, this technology is poised to grow in value.
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Users let this one-woman team know exactly what they wanted in wing-drilling technology. Her responsiveness and resourcefulness resulted in a device that cuts reworking costs, eliminates back drilling and improves wing quality.

Machining of Foreplane Detail

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Cutter Geometry Produces Precision – Experts in the machining field said it was impossible. But this team ignored conventional thinking. In a strong partnership with talented programmers, they developed innovative cutter technology and machining processes that produce top-quality, repeatable foreplane details on very thin sheet titanium. The high levels of scrap generated by the previous process have been reduced to zero, with savings for BAE SYSTEMS set to exceed $1.5 million a year.
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By defying tradition, this team pioneered technology that creates reliable, consistently repeatable foreplane details while eliminating wasteful scrap. Their innovation is expected to save BAE SYSTEMS more than $1.5 million a year.

Sting Ray MPO Homing Section

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Improving Weapons Performance – The Sting Ray MPO Homing Section team replaced the torpedo’s analogue electronics with a digital solution. And the results are remarkable: increased warhead lethality, extended in-line service life, and 10 times more acoustic intensity – enabling operators to more easily detect quieter subs. Described by our client as a “masterpiece,” this technology underpins a $780 million-plus production order and will strengthen our abilities in heavyweight torpedo design and post-design contracts.
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Dubbed a technological masterpiece by our client, the redesigned Sting Ray MPO Homing Section with digital architecture delivers increased lethality, extended in-line service life, and vastly improved sonar performance. No wonder it underpins a production order worth more than $780 million.