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McDONNELL DOUGLAS AND SPAIN TO BEGINHARRIER II PLUS PROCUREMENT NEGOTIATIONS

 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas officials have been invited to Spain to begin negotiations for the procurement of radar-equipped Harrier II Plus aircraft by the Spanish navy. The beginning of the negotiations Jan. 11 follow Spain's signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for production of the Harrier II Plus.
 Spanish government officials signed the tri-national MOU on Dec. 30; the United States and Italy had signed the MOU previously. The terms of the MOU address production, remanufacturing and in- service support of the AV-8B Harrier II Plus, which was developed by the three nations under an MOU to integrate the Hughes APG-65 radar into the night-attack Harrier.
 "Our three countries have worked to bring about a new beginning for the Harrier program," said Pat Finneran, vice president and general manager of the AV-8. "Together they will share the world's most flexible multi-mission aircraft.
 "From the beginning of the Harrier II program in the 1970s, international cooperation has been an integral part of the AV-8 heritage of achievement," Finneran said. "And now a new international agreement is taking the Harrier to the next step in meeting the operational requirements for the 1990s and beyond."
 United States participation in the Harrier II Plus integration program was made possible by the Nunn Amendment, which provided $17 million to help fund the U.S. share of the cost. This amendment, which was introduced in 1985 by Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, provides funding for military programs developed with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.
 Current orders for Harrier II Plus aircraft include 27 for the U.S. Marine Corps and 16 (with an option for eight more aircraft) for the Italian navy. The Spanish navy fleet currently operates 11 EAV- 8Bs, which were delivered in 1987-88.
 The Harrier II Plus is distinguished from the day-attack and night-attack AV-8Bs by the Hughes APG-65 radar. The radar, working in conjunction with the aircraftUs night-attack systems, increases the pilot's ability to perform multi-role missions in periods of darkness and allows the pilot to operate in adverse weather. It also provides enhanced self-defense and situational awareness for Harrier pilots to meet critical mission requirements.
 The Harrier II Plus also is equipped with an increased-thrust version of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus II engine, designated the F402-RR- 408, which is found in night-attack Harrier IIs.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/
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