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MORE JOBS COMING TO PALMDALE PLANT : AIRCRAFT CONTRACTOR EXPANDING.



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With nearly $60 million in contracts already in hand, Tracor Tracor was a major North American defence electronics contractor which was acquired by Marconi Electronic Systems (MES), a subsidiary of GEC plc, in 1998. Following the purchase of MES by British Aerospace in November 1999 to form BAE Systems, Tracor became BAE Systems Integrated  Flight Systems Inc. is looking to bring even more work to Palmdale Palmdale, city (1990 pop. 68,842), Los Angeles co., S Calif., in the irrigated Antelope Valley; a growing residential suburb of Los Angeles near Little Rock Creek where it forms Lake Palmdale Reservoir, inc. 1962. .

The Texas-based company has opened a plant in Palmdale that will house subassembly sub·as·sem·bly  
n. pl. sub·as·sem·blies
An assembled unit forming a component to be incorporated into a larger assembly.


 work on the McDonnell Douglas McDonnell Douglas was a major American aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor, producing a number of famous commercial and military aircraft. It merged with Boeing in 1997 to form The Boeing Company.  MD-95 jetliner. Tracor has about 45 workers now but will grow to about 100 workers next year, said company Vice President Don Sullivan, who is in charge of the Palmdale plant.

``We started with a $30 million contract and doubled that in three months,'' Sullivan said. ``We think we can double that.''

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 disclose what work it is seeking until it ``has a bird in the hand,'' Sullivan said. However, Sullivan said he expects there will be more contract announcements coming in the next few months.

``We are talking about building additional buildings,'' Sullivan said. ``It's on an upbeat.''

Tracor is operating out of a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on 8.8 acres at 30th Street East and Avenue P, just south of Air Force Plant 42. The site was originally used for fuselage work on the B-1B bomber bomber

Military aircraft designed to drop bombs on surface targets. Aerial bombardment can be traced to the Italo-Turkish War (1911), in which an Italian pilot dropped grenades on two Turkish targets.
 but had been empty for five years until Tracor began using it in August.

In July, Tracor was awarded a $30 million contract to join wing halves of the MD-95, a new 100-passenger airliner.

Tracor's MD-95 work was extended with the awarding of a $27 million contract to build Y-barrel assemblies. The Y-barrel assembly is the lower part of the fuselage and houses the main landing gear, as well as fuel, hydraulic and electrical lines.

Tracor will send the joined wings and Y-barrel assemblies by truck to McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach. The contracts call for Tracor to make 402 sets for the MD-95, but Sullivan expects that the company will eventually make about 2,000.

Tracor's contracts will keep the Palmdale operation busy through the year 2007.

The MD-95 is described as a 21st-century version of the DC-9 and is intended to meet more stringent noise and emission requirements, and lower operating costs operating costs nplgastos mpl operacionales  for the airlines.

Since the first contract in July, Tracor has been training employees and building the necessary tools for the project.

In addition to its Palmdale plant, Tracor has a plant at the Mojave Airport. That operation, which has 350 workers, involves converting Vietnam-era F-4 fighter jets into QF-4 remote-controlled drones for use as targets for the U.S. Air Force.
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