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BEECH TO BUILD JPATS AIRCRAFT IN THE UNITED STATES

 WICHITA, Kan., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Beech Aircraft Corporation and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. have reached agreement for Beech to manufacture the complete airframe of the Beech PC-9 MkII -- entrant in the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) competition -- in Beech's Kansas facilities.
 The Beech JPATS aircraft is being offered to the U.S. Air Force and Navy as a primary pilot trainer. The Beech PC-9 MkII JPATS entry is based on the Pilatus PC-9 single-engine turbine-powered trainer.
 "Final assembly of the Beech PC-9 MkII will occur in the company's Salina, Kan., manufacturing plant, with all of the detailed parts fabrication to occur in our Wichita, Kan., facilities," said Jack Braly, Beech Aircraft Corporation president. If Beech wins the competition, the production plan will involve approximately 1,000 jobs.
 While Beech always had engineering responsibility for the aircraft, and had planned to construct the fuselage and perform aircraft final assembly in its Kansas facilities, the previous manufacturing plan called for the wings and empennage of the Air Force/Navy primary trainer to be built at the Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. facility in Stans, Switzerland.
 "The change to an all-U.S. manufactured Beech JPATS airframe will be accomplished on our previous schedule and it will provide the lowest risk and cost for the joint services," Braly said.
 Beechcrafters in Kansas currently manufacture an Air Force missionized version of the Beechjet, called the T-1A Jayhawk Trainer, and previously built the Navy's T-34C primary training aircraft.
 The total joint U.S. Air Force and Navy requirement for a primary trainer is expected to exceed 700 aircraft to be built during a 10-year period beginning in 1997. Contract award is scheduled in 1994. If Beech is the winner of the program award, it expects orders for hundreds of the aircraft from governments throughout the world.
 Beech Aircraft, a unit of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has produced training systems since 1940. Beech manufactures tanker/transport jet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and target missiles for the Air Force, Navy and Army. Additionally, it supports aircraft for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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 /CONTACT: James Gregory of Beech Aircraft, 316-676-7689/
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