Darlington, UK (January 27, 2009) -

The Cummins 6BTAA powered BAE Systems FV430 Bulldog project has been awarded winner of its category “Full Scale Production and Sustainment at Sub System Level”.  The honour was given by the Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine as part of its Program Excellence Awards.

Selected as one of 9 finalists from 53 nominations, the BAE Systems team has been recognised for its upgrades to the FV430 Bulldog armoured fighting vehicle. Powered by the Cummins 5.9 litre 6BTAA engine rated at 250hp (186kW), the FV430 Bulldog offers improved manoeuvrability and mobility.  The Cummins 6BTAA provides significant savings over its predecessor with reduced maintenance and fuel consumption costs.

The B series engine is renowned for its excellent reliability and durability. With over 30,000 B/ISBe series powered defence applications around the world, the Cummins 5.9 litre engine provides unparalleled performance with reduced noise.  

Commenting on this success, Dave Hurley, Cummins defence business leader said, “This is an outstanding achievement which recognises the excellent credentials of the Cummins B series engine. This proven workhorse provides increased performance and reliability backed by Cummins worldwide support. The FV430 Bulldog vehicle has now improved cross country performance and increased top speed thanks to its upgraded Cummins engine”.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges from the North American and UK Defence Industry. The judges have named nine finalists for the annual Program Excellence Awards from BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon.        

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US$ $31.4 billion) in 2007.

About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $739 million on sales of $13.05 billion in 2007. A substantial manufacturing presence in Europe includes the mid-range engine plant at Darlington UK and the high horsepower engine plant at Daventry, UK.