BAE Signs HEADS Order from Army

BAE Systems picked up an order of $17 million from the U.S. Army for Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Systems (HEADS) to help address combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), an emerging issue for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the firm, “the multi-million dollar award is part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum value of $105 million. BAE Systems was one of two contractors selected.”

“Diagnosing mild to moderate combat-related TBIs can be challenging. For example, following an explosion from a roadside bomb, soldiers will sometimes continue with their mission, unaware that the concussion from the blast may have lingering effects, ” said Joe Coltman, vice president of BAE Systems’ Personnel Protection Systems business. “With the Generation II HEADS sensor, even if the injury isn’t obvious, once the sensor collects data indicating a blast has exceeded a certain threshold, a LED light located on the sensor and will be activated and begin blinking, signifying to soldiers that they may have sustained a concussion warranting immediate attention.”

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