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GRUMMAN, SCHWEIZER, UNC TEAM FOR HELICOPTER BID

 GRUMMAN, SCHWEIZER, UNC TEAM FOR HELICOPTER BID
 BETHPAGE, N.Y., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Grumman Corporation


(NYSE: GQ), Schweizer Aircraft Corporation of Elmira, New York, and UNC Aviation Services of Annapolis, Maryland, have teamed to bid for the U.S. Army New Training Helicopter (NTH) program. Grumman will be the team's prime contractor.
 The NTH program is designed to reduce operating and support costs and make pilot development more effective in the Army's Initial Entry Rotary Wing training. To accomplish this, the Army plans to replace the helicopter it uses to train new pilots -- the UH-1 -- with a commercially-available helicopter. The Grumman-Schweizer-UNC team will offer the TH-330 derivative of Schweizer's Model 330 turbine-powered, four-place helicopter. The TH-330 has been specially configured to comply with all NTH mission requirements.
 Under the teaming agreement, Schweizer will provide the FAA type certified TH-330 design and manufacture TH-330 detail parts, subsystems, and assemblies in its Elmira, N.Y., facility. Grumman will be licensed by Schweizer to complete final assembly, testing and airworthiness certification of the helicopters at its Stuart, Florida, facility. Grumman will also produce the Cockpit Procedures Trainer. UNC will provide off-site support, and initial maintenance and pilot training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
 The army issued the NTH request for proposals on May 1. The contract award is scheduled for February 1993, with first delivery scheduled one year later. The expected initial operational capability is planned for 18 months after contract award. The army expects to buy 157 helicopters and 12 cockpit procedures trainers, with an option for another 157 and 12, respectively.
 Schweizer Aircraft is globally recognized for the design and manufacture of sailplanes, helicopters, agricultural aircraft and reconnaissance aircraft. Schweizer is also a subcontractor to the aerospace industry with products ranging from simple detail parts to major airframe assemblies. The family-owned company, located in Elmira, N.Y., employs 400 people.
 UNC Aviation Services is involved on a number of current pilot training, maintenance and logistics support programs for the military.
 Grumman Corporation is best known as a leading international aircraft and aerospace company. Other businesses range from sophisticated integrated information and electronics systems to U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks. Headquartered in Bethpage, N.Y., Grumman employs 22,300 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: John A. Vosilla of Grumman, 516- 575-5119, or Barbara Tweedt of Schweizer Aircraft, 607-739-3821, or Marion Hager of UNC Aviation, 602-996-3588/
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