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767 AIRBORNE WARNING AND CONTROL SYSTEM CONTRACT AWARDED

 HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Electronic System Center announced today it has awarded a contract to The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Seattle, to deliver two Boeing 767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes to Japan.
 The 767 AWACS program will be performed under two separate contracts -- a direct commercial sale between Boeing and Japan for the production and modification of the two basic aircraft and a foreign military sale between Boeing and the U.S. Government for airworthiness testing; procurement, installation and check-out of the AWACS radar and other mission equipment; production acceptance testing and delivery of the aircraft.
 The foreign military sales contract totals $408 million for two aircraft. Delivery of the 767 AWACS aircraft to the Japanese Air Self Defense Force is scheduled for March of 1998. The aircraft will be used for air defense and maritime surveillance.
 AWACS provides survivable airborne surveillance, command, control, and communications functions and early warning detection and tracking of low-level targets at extended ranges over varying terrain and water.
 The 767 AWACS is the latest version of the original E-3 AWACS that was first introduced to the Air Force in 1977. The E-3 is a modified Boeing 707 aircraft which has been acquired by NATO, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and France.
 "The primary difference between the E-3 and the 767 AWACS is the airframe," said Col. Carleton Whittaker, 767 AWACS program manager. "Boeing no longer manufacturers the 707. The 767 AWACS is six feet longer, has 50 percent more floor area, nearly twice the cabin volume and can fly higher and further than the original 707."
 "The mission equipment will be essentially the same as the U.S. models. Its ability to integrate aircraft and ground station command, control and communication capabilities offers its users tremendous air defense advantages that will continue well into the next century," Whittaker said.
 Under the commercial contract between Boeing and Japan, production of the planes will begin at the Boeing production facility in Everett, Wash. They will then be flown to the Boeing Modification Center in Wichita, Kan. for modification to the airplane structure, engines and system which accept prime mission equipment.
 Under the terms of the foreign military sales contract, Boeing, Seattle, will install the rotodome and mission equipment. Following flight test and certification, installation and checkout of mission equipment and mission flight test, the 767 AWACS will be delivered to Japan and the contract cycle completed.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Rankin of Hanscom Air Force Base, 617-377-4467/
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CO: Boeing Defense & Space Group; U.S. Air Force ST: Washington, Massachusetts, Kansas IN: ARO SU: CON

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