BAE Systems 'plans new sports deal'

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Defence giant BAE Systems is expected to agree a four-year partnership worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to UK Sport in engineering equipment, materials and time.

The firm is in discussions to continue a technology partnership which provided engineering to more than 20 different sports, from bob-skeleton to wheelchair racing, from 2008 to 2012.
It is expected that a four-year arrangement will begin in February 2013.

A number of winter, summer and Paralympic sports will benefit, although specific projects are yet to be identified.

Sports will be able to draw on the engineering expertise of thousands of BAE Systems engineers whose usual work involves designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art military jets and submarines.

The project will be co-ordinated by BAE Systems' research and development centre in Bristol.

Engineering projects developed under the previous partnership contributed to a number of medal wins at the 2010 Winter and 2012 Summer Olympics, said the company.

Examples included a laser tracking timing system installed at the Manchester Velodrome for British Cycling to use in training, and a portable device which gave pentathletes 100% confidence that their new laser-powered pistols were working, while wheelchair racing athletes including David Weir and Shelly Woods were put through their paces at BAE Systems' wind tunnel in Warton, to help find their optimal racing position.

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