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BOEING RECEIVES NATO, U.S. AWACS UPGRADE CONTRACTS

 SEATTLE, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group announced today it has received a series of contracts from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and NATO to upgrade their fleets of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The contracts are worth about $180 million.
 Under one contract, a $16.8-million fixed-price option exercised by the Air Force, Boeing will produce six electronic support measures (ESM) kits for the U.S. E-3 fleet. The company will deliver the kits in 1995 to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., where they will be installed by USAF personnel.
 Boeing also received a $127.7-million contract from NATO to produce and install ESM kits on board 17 of the alliance's AWACS aircraft.
 The most significant upgrade yet developed for the E-3, ESM was developed by Boeing under joint funding from the U.S. Air Force and NATO.
 ESM is a passive listening and detection system, which enables the AWACS to detect, identify and track electronic transmissions from ground, airborne and maritime sources. Using the ESM system, mission operators can determine radar and weapon system type.
 Boeing also received from NATO a separate $35.5-million contract to retrofit and test hardware developed as part of the Mod Block 1 phase of NATO's overall airborne early warning modernization program.
 Mod Block 1 covers three important mission system-related enhancements.
 Color displays will improve the form and usability of incoming situational information. "Have Quick" radios will enhance UHF communications by adding antijam features. And a version of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), called Link 16, will increase the amount of information that can be collected and distributed among other AWACS airplanes, allied aircraft and ground stations.
 The retrofit and test contract is a follow-on to a $294.6-million procurement contract for the hardware that Boeing received in January 1993.
 The ESM and Mod Block 1 retrofit work for the NATO fleet will be done concurrently by Deutsche Aerospace in Manching, Germany. That effort will begin in 1996.
 The world's premier airborne early warning system, the Boeing-built AWACS provides airborne surveillance, and command, control and communication functions for tactical and air defense forces. An "eye in the sky," the AWACS radar, which is housed in the rotodome, can see beyond the horizon, and can track both air and sea targets simultaneously.
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 /EDITORS NOTE: NATO AWACS photo available and are being sent by mail. Call if you have an urgent need./
 /CONTACT: Susan Bradley of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-0667/
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