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BOEING, BRITISH AEROSPACE AUSTRALIA SUBMIT P-3 UPGRADE BID

 SEATTLE, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group and British Aerospace Australia (BAeA) have submitted a joint bid to upgrade Australia's fleet of P-3C maritime patrol aircraft, the Boeing Defense & Space Group said today.
 Representatives from both companies are meeting this week with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officials in Canberra, Australia, to present their proposal during the "Orals Phase" of the program's acquisition process.
 The modernization program could be worth more than $500 million (Australian) and involves upgrading the RAAF's 18 P-3C aircraft. The fleet provides airborne surveillance of maritime approaches to Australia. Additional missions include search and rescue, antisubmarine warfare, mining, and anti-surface unit warfare and intelligence collection.
 The Boeing-BAeA approach pairs sophisticated software with ruggedized, commercial off-the-shelf mission hardware, which if selected, will provide the RAAF with a low-risk, low-cost customized system to meet its surveillance needs.
 Under the proposal, Boeing will manage the overall system integration portion of the team's solution, including mission avionics integration. British Aerospace will be the principal in-country contractor and will handle aircraft installation and check-out, logistics and software support.
 In addition, the Boeing-BAeA proposal aims to maximize local workload and provides for the transfer of technologies necessary to ensure the country's self-reliance.
 Boeing and British Aerospace both have established solid reputations as providers of high-quality, advanced defense and aerospace systems, and together provide a large share of the high-technology work currently being done in the Australian aerospace industry.
 In the area of maritime patrol, Boeing has more than 20 years experience in designing state-of-the-art systems. Recently the company delivered the first of three upgraded 737 Surveiller aircraft to the Republic of Indonesia, which features improvements to many of the on- board systems as well as the addition of a new mission avionics system.
 Boeing also has demonstrated its expertise by developing a distributed processing architecture and universal display and control system (UDACS) for the Royal New Zealand Air Force's fleet of six P-3Bs. The UDACS system allows crew members to gather, display and share a wide range of information from on-board sensors and mission equipment.
 The company was under contract to develop the P-3 Update IV avionics system, a highly reliable, low-maintenance system that would have enabled the U.S. Navy to counter worldwide submarine threats. The collapse of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. Navy's changing role and mission resulted in the program's termination in 1992.
 British Aerospace Australia, which this month is celebrating its 40th anniversary, also has an impressive performance record. An active participant in the Australian defense industry, the company specializes in electronic systems integration, software and hardware engineering, facilities management and prime contracting. BAeA recently established a separate division to concentrate on the important prime contracting market, and in December 1992 announced that it had been chosen by General Motors of Canada as "in-country prime" for the supply of 97 Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the Australian Army.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Bradley of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-2816, or Julie Williams of British Aerospace Australia, 61-8-343-8256/
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