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RAYTHEON UNIT, BRITISH AEROSPACE TEAM ON MILITARY TRAINING AIRCRAFT BID

RAYTHEON UNIT, BRITISH AEROSPACE TEAM ON MILITARY TRAINING AIRCRAFT BID
 LEXINGTON, Mass., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's Beech Aircraft Corporation subsidiary and the Military Aircraft Division of British Aerospace Defence, Ltd., have signed a teaming agreement to collaborate on the U.S. Military Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) competition.
 Beech is seeking to be the prime contractor for the JPATS program, including aircraft and ground-based training systems. This new training system will replace U.S. Navy T-34 and U.S. Air Force T-37 training systems. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 1997.
 Beech will offer a missionized version of the Pilatus PC-9 advanced turboprop trainer. Its entry will be called the Beech PC-9 MkII.
 British Aerospace will be responsible for development of the ground-based training system to include aircraft flight simulators, cockpit procedure trainers, courseware, technical data, and computer-based training. Most of the ground-based training system, like the PC-9 MkII aircraft, will be manufactured in the United States.
 The Military Aircraft Division of British Aerospace, based at Warton Aerodrome near Preston, England, has already developed and operated a complete PC-9 training system for the Royal Saudi Air Force of Saudi Arabia. Under that program, British Aerospace provides maintenance training, courseware, training aids, simulators, and aircraft.
 Beech Aerospace Services, Inc. (BASI), Beech Aircraft's wholly owned military aircraft support subsidiary in Madison, Miss., will provide the contractor logistics support for JPATS if the Beech team wins the Air Force and Navy competition. BASI already supplies contractor logistics support to all branches of the U.S. military.
 "The addition of British Aerospace, with its extensive experience in training systems, in particular with the PC-9, strengthens the Beech JPATS effort," said Jack Braly, president of Beech Aircraft. "We have put together an excellent team, with Beech and Pilatus building the aircraft, Beech Aerospace providing the logistics support, and British Aerospace developing the ground-based training systems."
 More than 135 PC-9s are in service throughout the world, serving principally as primary trainers. The fleet has logged more than 61,000 hours and performed more than 128,000 landings in a training environment.
 British Aerospace has unique experience in PC-9 ground-based training systems, including simulators and training systems for the combat-tested Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). RSAF crews transition from the PC-9 to the British Aerospace Hawk and then on to advanced aircraft such as F-15s and Tornados. In the United States, British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas jointly provide the T-45 Goshawk for Navy pilot training.
 Since Beech Aircraft began building trainers in 1940, it has established a long and proud history of providing economical high-performance trainers for the U.S. military. Current Beech airplanes in the U.S. military's training inventory include the T-34C and the T-44A turboprops. Beech's newest military training aircraft is now flying in U.S. Air Force colors as the T-1A Jayhawk Trainer, a variant of the popular Beechjet business aircraft.
 "The Beech JPATS team is steeped in the tradition of providing professional training and high-performance, high-quality systems for the military training role," said Braly.
 Beech Aircraft is part of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), a diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 (NOTE TO EDITORS: A second Raytheon press release further describing its Beech Aircraft unit's JPATS effort is also being distributed on PR Newswire.)
 /CONTACT: Jim Gregory of Beech Aircraft, 316-676-7689, or Ed Powers of Raytheon, 617-860-2415/
 (RTN) CO: Raytheon Company ST: Massachusetts, Kansas IN: ARO SU: JVN


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