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BOEING TO LOOK AT LARGE AIRPLANES AS LASER PLATFORMS

 BOEING TO LOOK AT LARGE AIRPLANES AS LASER PLATFORMS
 SEATTLE, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group


announced today it has received a $200,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force Phillips Laboratory (sponsored by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization) to assess how well an existing large airplane -- such as a 707, 747, 767 or B-52 -- would perform while carrying a high-energy laser and beam control system.
 The contract, to be performed by the Defense & Space Group's Military Airplanes Division, will run through March 1993.
 It is part of a risk-reduction effort begun by the Air Force to address key issues regarding the feasibility of an airborne laser system for theater missile defense. It calls for the company to examine the capabilities of Boeing-built airplanes that can fly at high altitude. The system would use a high-powered laser to shoot down enemy missiles and would require the installation of an external turret and fairing on the host aircraft.
 The Defense & Space Group's Military Airplanes Division produces the aft-center and outboard sections of the B-2 bomber, and is heavily involved in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development of the F-22 air-superiority fighter. It has become one of the aerospace industry's most-capable producers of composite components, as well as advanced avionics technology.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Koehler or Peri Widener of Boeing Defense & Space Group, Military Airplanes Division, 206-655-1198/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Defense & Space Group, Military Airplanes Division ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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