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RUSSIA ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CONSORTIUM; WESTINGHOUSE JOINS WITH FRENCH, ITALIANS, RUSSIANS IN NEW 'RADUGA' CONSORTIUM

 MOSCOW, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A major milestone was reached yesterday in the international initiative to modernize the traffic management system for the immense airspace of the former Soviet Union. The Russian Federation's Ministry of Transport and its Defense Industry Committee announced the formation of a new international consortium to manage and implement a 15-year project at a Moscow press conference Thursday afternoon. Westinghouse is the only American member of the consortium, which is named "Raduga" -- the Russian Word for rainbow.
 Raduga also includes Thomson CSF of France, JVC Buran (a joint venture comprised of Russian industry groups and Alenia of Italy), and a number of Russian government and institute representatives.
 The first priority of the new consortium will be the modernization of the Moscow Air Traffic Management center. Raduga has agreed to submit a plan for that activity within 60 days. Subsequent phases of the project will modernize the entire Russian ATM system. Although not signatories to the Raduga agreement, the other republics of the former Soviet Union have been made aware of the project and have been invited to join in the activity.
 Jack Tymann, president of Westinghouse Electronic Systems International Co., spoke for Westinghouse at the news conference: "We are honored and quite pleased to sign this very important agreement for international collaboration. More efficient and safer use of Russia's airspace will save the world hundreds of millions of dollars each year in reduced time, fuel, aircraft utilization and labor. The envisioned integration of the world's airspace cannot be achieved by any one nation alone. But together, a team from Russia, Europe, North America and Asia can make the dream a reality -- in a reasonable time period."
 The Raduga Consortium will utilize a large measure of Russian technology, scientific expertise and industrial facilities in implementing a modernization plan which draws from a number of plans previously submitted to the Russian government. Financing approaches for the project include a combination of international loans and "overflight fees" paid by international airlines for use of the airspace. "This project will simultaneously contribute to improved transportation and serve as a catalyst for economic growth," said Tymann. "It will help generate thousands of jobs and utilize many of Russia's advanced technological resources."
 "This is a major milestone for Westinghouse," said Richard A. Linder, president of the company's Electronic Systems Group. "Just a few short years ago, who could have imagined this collaboration of U.S. and European companies with the government of Russia on a project of this significance? This is an excellent example of expanding opportunities around the world."
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