Service Parts Solution Helps Put BAE in Winner's Circle

U.K. aerospace giant wins Defense Ministry excellence award for support contract

Rochester, NY — October 6, 2003 — Xelus, a provider of enterprise service management (ESM) solutions for aftermarket service of high- value capital equipment, has announced that a joint BAE SYSTEMS and Defense Logistics Organization (DLO) equipment support team has won a U.K. Ministry of Defense Team Excellence award for their performance on the Nimrod Integrated Support Contract (NISC).

This award recognizes teams who demonstrate excellence in Smart Acquisition. The NISC team uses Xelus Parts software to plan and forecast over 13,000 spare parts for the Nimrod Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft fleet, delivering increased service levels every month since its go-live in February 2003, with an overall average of 92 percent against a contract rate of 85 percent.

"With Xelus Parts we have achieved or surpassed all service level targets on the NISC contract, while minimizing inventory costs," said Bill Burgess, strategy and capability development manager for BAE. "Using Xelus lets us confidently deliver a reliable service at a known cost, and is adaptable to any program or platform. We expect to include the use of Xelus Parts in all future bid proposals to the MOD."

Under the 75 million pounds NISC contract, the team provides guaranteed levels of Nimrod availability through spares-inclusive maintenance, carries out major and minor maintenance, and ensures an agreed level of airframe components are available to support the RAF's first and second-line maintenance of the Nimrod MR2 fleet.

Based on the NISC program success, BAE SYSTEMS is implementing the Xelus solution into similar projects to manage in-service spares for the VC-10 and Tornado aircraft.

BAE SYSTEMS employs some 100,000 people and has annual sales of around 12 billion pounds.

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