FADEC International selected to develop Full-Authority Digital Control for LEAP aircraft engine

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget - June 22, 2011

GE has signed an agreement with FADEC International – an equally owned joint venture between BAE Systems and Sagem (Safran group) – to form a 50-50 joint venture to develop and produce the Full-Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) for CFM International's next generation engine, the LEAP.

The fuel efficient LEAP turbofan engine is designed to power future narrow body commercial aircraft. The engine, designed by CFM International, a 50-50 partnership between GE and Snecma (Safran group), has been selected for the Airbus A320neo and the Comac C919.

"We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with GE in developing and fielding what will be our most advanced engine control design", said Dr. Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager for BAE Systems' commercial avionics business.

"This is the fourth generation of FADEC, which represents a real breakthrough in comparison with the previous generation; this first application is paving the way to address a large panel of future high-performance aero-engines", said Jean-Michel Hillion, executive vice president of Sagem and general manager for the "Safran Electronics" division.

FADEC International will provide extensive experience in the design, integration, development, production and support of Full-Authority Digital Electronic Controls for aircraft engines and related specialized technologies. Additionally, the joint venture will develop FADEC for GE's TECH-X engine, designed for smaller aircraft.

The FADEC governs engine fuel flow, controls variable engine geometries, interfaces with the engine thrust reverser, and performs advanced functions such as electronic engine overspeed protection. FADEC International and its heritage organizations have been the FADEC System supplier to GE since 1984.

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FADEC International is a 50-50 joint venture between by BAE Systems Controls and Sagem (Safran group), that focus the two companies' capabilities to design, produce, and support Full-Authority Digital Electronic Controls (FADECs) for commercial aircraft engines. For more than 25 years, FADEC International serves airlines and aircraft maintenance and repair providers with a full range of design and aftermarket capabilities.

Sagem, a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,000 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

For more information: www.sagem-ds.com

BAE Systems is a global defence and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services. In 2010 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 34.6 billion).

For more information: www.baesystems.com

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