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FINLAND SELECTS McDONNELL DOUGLAS F/A-18 HORNET AS WINNER IN DX FIGHTER COMPETITION

 FINLAND SELECTS McDONNELL DOUGLAS F/A-18 HORNET
 AS WINNER IN DX FIGHTER COMPETITION
 ST. LOUIS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The government of Finland has selected the McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) F/A-18 Hornet as the winner in its DX fighter competition.
 Larry Lemke, vice president and general manager of the F/A-18 program at McDonnell Aircraft Co., said Finland plans to purchase 64 Hornets in a program that is worth approximately $3 billion.
 "This was a value-based decision, based upon technology, performance and overall life cycle cost," Lemke said. "It is a total value package."
 The first seven aircraft, all two-seat D models, will be manufactured at McDonnell Aircraft, the St. Louis-based combat aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas, with deliveries commencing in 1995. Final assembly of the remaining 57 Hornets, all single-seat C models, will take place at Valmet Aviation Inc. facilities in Halli, Finland, through the year 2000. McDonnell Aircraft will continue to make kits for all Finland's Hornets through the life of the program, Lemke said.
 The evaluations for the DX fighter program have taken almost three years. In addition to the F/A-18, Finland evaluated the General Dynamics F-16, the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen, the French Mirage 2000-5 and the Russian MiG-29. The U.S. Aircraft were invited into the competition in April 1991.
 The deal comes under terms of the Foreign Military Sales system, and will be managed by the U.S. Department of Defense.
 Lemke said the Hornet's selection is a credit to "the overall team approach" of the U.S. Navy, McDonnell Douglas, principal subcontractor Northrop Corp., as well as General Electric and Hughes Aircraft Co.
 "The decision is exceptionally good news for us and very significant," said Lemke. "This bodes well for future international sales of the F/A-18, and it adds considerably to our efforts to maintain the U.S. defense industrial base."
 Another major consideration in the Finland decision is offset commitment. "We have a long history of international offset success and we will continue that success in our commitment of 100 percent offset to Finland," he said.
 Finland is purchasing the Hornet as an air defense fighter to replace its current mix of Swedish Drakens and Soviet MiG-21s, both nearing the end of their service lives.
 More than 1,090 F/A-18 Hornets are in service worldwide with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the air forces of Canada, Australia, Spain and Kuwait. The Swiss Parliament is currently considering final approval of their procurement of F/A-18 Hornets for the Swiss Air Force.
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 /CONTACT: Daryl Stephenson of McDonnell Aircraft Co., 314-232-8203, or 314-234-7019/
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