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HARRIS AWARDED $48 MILLION U.S. AIR FORCE RANGE MODERNIZATION CONTRACT

 WASHINGTON and MELBOURNE, Fla., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has been awarded a $48 million contract -- with options that could increase its value to as much as $188 million -- to modernize the U.S. Air Force's eastern and western test ranges.
 Harris Information Systems Division, in Melbourne, Fla., will lead a team for the Range Standardization and Automation (RSA) Program to modernize, consolidate and automate the Air Force's facilities in Ascension, Antigua, Florida, and California. Harris Information Systems Division's teaming partners include Loral Space and Range Systems Division in Sunnyvale, Calif. and Harris' Government Communication Systems Division in Melbourne, Fla.
 The system is being acquired and will be managed by the Air Force Eastern Range Modernization Systems Program Office, located at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Work on the contract will be performed in Rockledge, Fla., with support offices in Santa Maria, Calif.
 Under the contract, the Harris-led team will upgrade radars, telemetry equipment, communications and command instrumentation and automate many functions currently being performed manually.
 The Air Force's ranges support pre-launch checkout, launch, and flight testing of Air Force, Navy, NASA, Army, commercial and foreign space programs. The U.S. Air Force's Eastern Range is operated by the 45th Space Wing, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The Western Range is operated by the 30th Space Wing, headquartered at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
 A spokesman for the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center said, "The importance of this program cannot be overstressed. Modernizing these facilities with the latest technology is essential to successfully delivering our space assets."
 "We are extremely proud to play such a key role in supporting the U.S. space effort," said Phil Henderson, vice president and general manager of Harris' Information Systems Division. "This extensive program will enable the Air Force to handle increasingly complex launch requirements for years to come. RSA's integrated approach to range management will provide the latest telemetry, radar, antenna and communications technologies to increase the system's capabilities while reducing operation and maintenance costs."
 Harris Corporation has supported space-related programs for more than three decades. Major programs include NASA's CORE electronics checkout and test facility for Kennedy Space Center and the Range Operations Control Center (ROCC) that monitors and tracks activity at the Eastern Range.
 The Harris divisions are part of Harris' Electronic Systems Sector, which conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes and produces a broad range of state-of-the-art systems for government agencies and commercial organizations in the U.S. and overseas.
 Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, communications, semiconductors and Lanier Worldwide office equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Burke, director of media relations of Harris Corporation, 407-727-9126/
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