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AT&T SIGNS $9.8 MILLION CONTRACT WITH U.S. ARMY FOR TACTICAL FIBER OPTIC CABLE ASSEMBLY PRODUCTS

 AT&T SIGNS $9.8 MILLION CONTRACT WITH U.S. ARMY FOR
 TACTICAL FIBER OPTIC CABLE ASSEMBLY PRODUCTS
 GREENSBORO, N.C., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) has signed an $9.8-million sole-source requirements contract with the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) for Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assembly (TFOCA) products.
 Under this multi-year agreement, AT&T will provide CECOM with a catalog of more than 30 different fiber optic cables, connectors and apparatus items which have been specifically developed to meet the military's stringent requirements for tactical applications. This catalog will include both new and existing configurations of AT&T's Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assembly (TFOCA) product line which was accepted as a standard by the Tri-Services in 1989.
 The award of this contract was mandated by a military fiber optic management panel which works to facilitate the fielding of optical fiber systems. The panel is under the purview of the Joint Commanders' Group consisting of general officers from all four military services, who ensure that whenever possible acquisitions of military equipment occur on a joint service basis. It is intended that the new requirements contract be the primary vehicle for achieving this end in providing tactical fiber equipment.
 Cable assemblies available under the new contract will be used to replace traditional copper cables which presently link battlefield communications equipment. At only one-third the weight of comparable coaxial cables, this product provides the military with greater flexibility and mobility as well as security for tactical field applications.
 The advantages of the AT&T TFOCA product were clearly demonstrated this past year during Operation Desert Storm. Patriot Missile Systems deployed in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War utilized 300-meter TFOCAs to provide thousands of hours of flawless communications between fire control stations and their respective missile launchers.
 All cable and connector hardware will be manufactured by AT&T Network Cable Systems in Atlanta, Ga. Program Management and Integrated Logistics Systems support will be provided by AT&T Federal Systems Advanced Technologies in Greensboro, N.C. First article testing will be conducted at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Atlanta, Ga. Fiber Optic test sets will be provided by Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK) in Redmond, Ore., and Wilcom Products, Inc. in Laconia, N.H.
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 /CONTACT: John Stubblefield of AT&T Federal Systems Advanced Technologies, 919-279-3022 or (home) 919-769-2624/
 (T TEK) CO: AT&T; U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command ST: North Carolina, Georgia IN: TLS ARO SU: PDT


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