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BOEING RECEIVES NATO AWACS UPGRADE CONTRACT

 SEATTLE, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group announced today it has received a $294.6-million contract to upgrade the mission equipment on board the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The award was made by the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Programme Management Organization (NAPMO), with headquarters in Brunssum, Netherlands.
 The E-3 fills the needs of both airborne surveillance, and command, control and communications functions for air and maritime forces. An "eye-in-the-sky," the AWACS has a 200-mile, 360-degree view of the horizon, and can track both air and sea targets simultaneously.
 Titled a Mod Block 1 contract, it runs through 1997, and covers initial upgrades for NATO's 18 E-3s.
 Under the agreement, Seattle-based Boeing will oversee the design, integration and production for three major mission system-related enhancements.
 New color displays will improve the form and usability of incoming situational information. Have Quick radios will enhance UHF communications by adding security and 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 planes, allied aircraft and ground stations to a degree not previously available.
 As part of this latest contract, Boeing will retrofit two NATO AWACS aircraft with the new equipment. The remaining 16 planes will be retrofitted under a separate contract to Boeing, which will be awarded in mid-1993. The actual retrofit work will be done by DASA in Germany.
 The recent upgrade contract also calls for Boeing to modify two mission simulators located at the NATO Main Operating Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany.
 Several subcontractors to Boeing are involved in the NATO upgrade effort. Rockwell Collins, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is providing the JTIDS hardware. Hazeltine, which is located in Long Island, N.Y., is providing the color displays. Principle suppliers of Have Quick Radio equipment are EG&G Almond, located in West Covina, Calif.; Magnavox, located in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Xetron of Cincinnati, Ohio.
 This latest upgrade contract follows a U.S. Air Force Integration Contract (ICON) award, which Boeing received in 1987. During that effort, Boeing under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Air Force and NATO, developed an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) passive surveillance capability for both E-3 fleets, and other block enhancements to the U.S. E-3s.
 Boeing-built AWACS are in service worldwide with the U.S., NATO, United Kingdom, French, and the Kindgom of Saudi Arabia air forces.
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