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A contract from BAE SYSTEMS to supply the pressure sensors for the Sting Ray lightweight torpedo has been won by Polaron Schaevitz. The British anti-submarine torpedo is being upgraded in a life extension programme that will give it significantly enhanced capability.

The novel design of the Polaron depth sensor enables a single sensor to measure both high and low pressures. By incorporating a patented overtravel stop, the low range sensing element is able to withstand the much greater pressures encountered at the depths required to be measured by the high range element.

"Performance and reliability were key operational characteristics demanded by BAE SYSTEMS," said Steve Couchman, Polaron Schaevitz's Managing Director. "In awarding the £1 million contract particular attention was paid to Polaron's quality and validation processes".

The Schaevitz pressure and displacement sensor lines were acquired by the Watford-based Polaron group in 2002. "This order is an excellent example of the benefits of strong company backing," stated Polaron's chief executive Joe Stelzer. "Schaevitz has an excellent pedigree and we are delighted to be giving it the strength to thrive in an increasingly demanding marketplace."

The contract with BAE SYSTEMS runs for a minimum of 10 years.


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The Sting Ray torpedo is the UK's main anti-submarine warfare weapon launched from surface ships and rotary-wing aircraft.

Notes to editors:
The contract for the upgrade of the Sting Ray lightweight torpedo was awarded to BAE SYSTEMS by the UK Ministry of Defence in February 2003. The current version is in service with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Polaron Schaevitz is part of the UK's Polaron Components Group and is recognised worldwide for its specialist switches and sensors. These are widely used in the most demanding applications, including in defence, aerospace, offshore, rail, security and medical equipment.

Parent group Polaron is a privately held UK engineering group focusing on niche engineering markets. The group is expanding rapidly, with revenue increasing by 50 per cent over the last year.

Ref: PCOM1-03
Date: 21 August 2003

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Polaron Components Group
26 Greenhill Crescent, Watford Business Park, Watford, WD18 8XG, United Kingdom
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