U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) Tours Meggitt Defense Systems in Irvine, California

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U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert, representing California’s 42nd district, visited and toured the Meggitt Defense Systems operation in Irvine, Calif., on Tues., Jan. 19, 2016.

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While touring Meggitt Defense Systems in Irvine, Calif., U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert (l.) views the AH-64’s Combo-PAK, 30mm ammunition magazine with host Charles Panasewicz (r.), Senior Vice President of Business Development.

U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) Tours Meggitt Defense Systems in Irvine, California

IRVINE, Calif. – U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert, representing California’s 42nd district, visited and toured the Meggitt Defense Systems operation in Irvine, Calif., on Tues., Jan. 19, 2016.

Meggitt Defense Systems is a leading provider of ammunition handling, environmental control, target, radar-based projectile scoring and airborne countermeasure systems. The unit comprises complete turnkey/in-house capabilities for the development, production, test and support of these complex subsystems.

As part of Congressman Calvert’s visit, he met with Meggitt officials from around the world gathered at the Irvine facility for a corporate-wide defense forum. Discussion included Meggitt Defense Systems’ integral participation in cutting-edge technology programs such as the Electromagnetic Rail Gun and Stryker 30mm Upgun. Additional engagements include continuing production and logistics support of major DOD programs of record such as the M1A2 Abrams, P-8 Poseidon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache, AH-1W/Z Super Cobra, MH-60R/S Seahawk and M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System as well as numerous international allied programs including the UK Ajax, UK Warrior, Canadian LAV and ALQ-211 EW Pod.

“Southern Californians have a proud history of making important contributions to our national security,” noted Congressman Calvert. “The employees at Meggitt are clearly carrying on this tradition by developing the technology and tools our military relies upon.”

Meggitt Defense Systems employs approximately 250 area professionals as a key generator of a high-quality, high-paying, high-tech workforce growing to meet customer needs as well as supporting a large base of small-business subcontractors and suppliers in Southern California.

“We were very pleased and honored to host Congressman Calvert and bring him up to date on the mission-critical work we are doing here in Irvine and other Meggitt units around the world,” said Charles Panasewicz, Senior Vice President of Meggitt Defense Systems. “Stable year-to-year DOD planning and budgeting are the foundation of the role we proudly play in creating high-quality jobs and providing revenue for other businesses in the region.”

Congressman Calvert currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee where he is Chairman of the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee as well as a member of the Defense Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Subcommittee. In addition, he was selected to serve as Chairman of the California Republican Delegation.

For information on Meggitt Defense Systems, visit http://www.meggittdefense.com.

About Meggitt Defense Systems
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Meggitt Defense Systems, Inc., is a subsidiary of Meggitt PLC specializing in the design, development and production of ammunition handling systems, radar and digital processing systems, and environmental control systems. Meggitt Defense Systems products are in use on virtually all U.S. military training ranges and on many of the world’s leading military platforms, including the Abrams main battle tank, the Stryker Mobile Gun System, the F-16 Falcon, the F/A-18 Hornet, the AC-130 Spooky Gunship, the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra Helicopter and many others. http://www.meggittdefense.com

About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the UK, Meggitt PLC is a global engineering group specialising in extreme environment components and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets. Some 10,000 people are employed across manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America and regional bases in Brazil, India and the Middle East. http://www.meggitt.com

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