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SPECTER URGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW BMY-COMBAT SYSTEMS OF YORK, PA., TO COMPLETE CONTRACT WITH TAIWAN; SAYS PENNSYLVANIA JOBS AT STAKE

SPECTER URGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW BMY-COMBAT SYSTEMS OF YORK, PA., TO COMPLETE CONTRACT WITH TAIWAN; SAYS PENNSYLVANIA JOBS AT STAKE
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has urged the Bush administration to allow BMY-Combat Systems, of York, Pa., to sell to the Taiwanese government the remaining 36 M88A1 tank recovery vehicles it contracted to sell them in June 1991.
 The M88A1s are designed to remove damaged tanks from combat areas and have no offensive combat capability.
 In a letter to Bush, Specter noted that allowing the contract to be fulfilled will "preserve a large number of jobs in a region of Pennsylvania which has been particularly hard hit during the current recession."
 He told the president that BMY signed the contract for 61 M88A1 Medium Recovery Vehicles at a value of $88.5 million, with delivery in 1993 and 1994.
 "I have been informed that immediatly following the signing of the contract, BMY requested the appropriate export licenses from the State Department," Specter wrote.
 "In September 1991, BMY was informed by the State Department that the license could not be issued because there was not enough room in the 'bucket' of defense articles the U.S. can sell Taiwan in a given year based on the 1982 joint communique with the People's Republic of China.
 "I am advised that since the Army plans to upgrade approximately 200 M88A1s to an improved version in 1995, the sale of the remaining vehicles to the Taiwanese would enable BMY-Combat Systems to keep the production line warm and avoid the tremendous costs associated with closing the line and reopening it in 1995.
 "Accordingly, I request that you approve this sale of 36 tank recovery vehicles in order to save jobs in Pennsylvania and ensure a smooth, cost-effective transition to the M88A1 upgrade program in 1995."
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 /CONTACT: Dan McKenna of Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 215-597-7200/ CO: BMY-Combat Systems ST: Pennsylvania IN: ARO SU: CON


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