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MARTIN MARIETTA ASTRONAUTICS AWARDED ARMY COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT

 BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Martin Marietta Astronautics, Denver, has been awarded a $115.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command, Ft. Monmouth, N.J., to develop the Army's All Source Analysis System (ASAS) Block II tactical military intelligence system.
 The six-year contract calls for delivery of prototype "intelligence fusion systems" consisting of computers and computer software. The system, designed to be used in mobile shelters or tents on the battlefield, will enable tactical commanders to receive and rapidly process intelligence data from various sources and sensors.
 More than 200 people will work in Denver on ASAS Block II during the peak of development, including approximately 50 employees from Martin Marietta's three ASAS Block II subcontractors: Loral Western Development Labs, San Jose, Calif.; BDM, McLean, Va.; and Magnavox Electronics Systems Co., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
 "This is a very important win for us because it continues our critical work supporting the Army in its effort to modernize the battlefield through tactical intelligence processing," Astronautics President James W. McAnally said. "It is a reflection of the Army's confidence in us for nearly a decade of work by hundreds of dedicated employees."
 Astronautics has been working on ASAS Block I since 1984 under contracts worth more than $300 million. ASAS Block II, which is designed to be the Army's single intelligence fusion system, builds on work done in ASAS Block I, integrates other Army intelligence prototypes and is interoperable with other services' intelligence systems.
 Martin Marietta Astronautics is one of three operating elements of Martin Marietta's Space Group headquartered in Bethesda. Astronautics, headquartered in Denver, designs, develops, tests and manufactures a variety of advanced technology systems for space and defense. Chief products include space systems, space launch systems and ground systems.
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