Radstone Technology Wins

Radstone Technology, the world's leading independent supplier of high-performance, embedded computer products for defence and aerospace applications, has been awarded an initial production contract of £2.24 million by Aselsan Electronic Industry Inc. of Turkey. Radstone is providing a fully integrated system, including Chassis, PowerPC, and I/O Modules for use in the Fire Control System (FCS) of the Aselsan Pedestal Mounted Stinger System (PMSS), for the Turkish Armed Forces.  The FCS has a flexible hardware and software architecture to meet evolving requirements. The PMSS will meet and improve the short-range air defence capability of the Turkish Armed Forces, defending vital facilities as well as armoured or mobile troops in the battlefield.  To meet these different mission scenarios, the PMSS utilises the same core sub-system on two different vehicle platforms known as ZIPKIN (based on a four wheel drive Land Rover Defender) and ATILGAN (based on a armoured/tracked M113A2 personnel carrier). The PMSS is the first major weapon systems integration programme totally designed, developed and manufactured by Aselsan and makes full use of existing Turkish defence industry capabilities. Aselsan's Vice President, Dr. Mahmut Karadeniz, said: "In view of the positive and productive business relationship during the development phase, we did not hesitate to continue with Radstone for the very prestigious serial production phase of PMS Systems." ZIPKIN and ATILGAN will use 4 or 8 ready-to-fire Stinger missiles for short-range air defence.  These fully automated firing units, will provide co-ordinated operation with command and control systems, operate during day/night and in adverse weather conditions, improve reaction time and accuracy of the Stinger missile and provide higher firepower and mobility. Commenting on the win, Radstone's Group Managing Director, Dr. Charles Paterson said: "We are proud that Aselsan have chosen Radstone to supply a fully integrated system for this important program for the Turkish Armed Forces.  It is a significant endorsement of our rugged computer technology and we look forward to developing our partnership with Aselsan." Radstone will supply development units in September 2002 and the first production units will be delivered in mid 2003. -ends-