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GRUMMAN WINS ARMY CONTRACT TO BUILD INTERCOM SYSTEMS FOR COMBAT VEHICLES

GRUMMAN WINS ARMY CONTRACT TO BUILD INTERCOM SYSTEMS FOR COMBAT VEHICLES
 BETHPAGE, N.Y., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Grumman Corporation (NYSE: GQ) today announced it has been awarded a $7.9 million increment as part of a $220 million contract from the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command to manufacture intercom systems for combat vehicles. If the Army exercises all the contract options, production will continue through 1998.
 "Our electronics and surveillance business continues to grow and diversify," said Grumman Space & Electronics Group President Albert Verderosa. "Earlier this year, we began initial low-rate production of Joint STARS for the Air Force, we won a demonstration/validation phase contract for the Air Force's Follow-on Early Warning System, and we received a multi-million contract to build automatic testers for the Army. This latest contract marks our entry into combat electronics for the Army."
 The Vehicular Intercommunications System (VIS) will provide the Army's combat vehicles with a highly reliable, digital-voice intercom capable of handling six radios and ten crew stations. During the first 18 months of the contract, Grumman will build 110 systems. VIS replaces a system that has been used on Army tanks and infantry fighting vehicles for more than 30 years.
 VIS was originally designed and developed for the British Ministry of Defense by Royal Ordnance of the United Kingdom. In 1991, Grumman and Royal Ordnance formed a team to produce a cost effective system for the U.S. military market. As Grumman's principal subcontractor, Royal Ordnance will provide subassemblies and engineering support.
 Project management and engineering work will be performed at Grumman Electronics Systems Division's headquarters in Great River, Long Island. The division will build and test the electronics for VIS at its Benton Park, Pa., facility. The cables will be produced at its Salisbury, Md., facility. No increase in work force is anticipated.
 The division designs and builds test equipment for military and commercial applications; provides electronic combat systems for the U.S. Army and trainers and simulators for the U.S. Navy; and works with various national laboratories and government agencies in developing advanced technologies in energy and space for both the military and civil sectors.
 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, Grumman employs 22,000 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
 Royal Ordnance, a division of British Aerospace Defence Company, has headquarters in Chorley, Lancashire, England. It manufactures gun systems, control systems, explosives, rocket motors, ammunition, small arms and combat vehicles. The Electronics and Precision Systems Division, responsible for VIS, is located in Blackburn, Lancashire.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Housley of Grumman, 516-575-4938/
 (GQ) CO: Grumman Corporation; Royal Ordnance ST: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland IN: ARO SU: CON


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