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BOEING, BRITISH AEROSPACE TEAM UP ON AUSTRALIAN P-3 UPGRADE

 SEATTLE, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group and British Aerospace Australia (BAeA) have teamed to bid for the contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) fleet of P-3C maritime patrol aircraft, Boeing announced today.
 John Dempster, Defense & Space Group vice president for the Electronic Systems Division, and BAeA Managing Director Alastair Hodgson, signed the agreement in Canberra, Australia.
 The modernization program could be worth more than $400 million in U.S. currency and involves upgrading the RAAF's 19 P-3C aircraft.
 The fleet provides airborne surveillance of maritime approaches to Australia. Additional missions include search and rescue, antisubmarine warfare, mining, anti-surface unit warfare and intelligence collection.
 Under the teaming agreement, Boeing will manage the overall system integration portion of the team's solution, including mission avionics integration. British Aerospace will be the principal in-country contractor and will handle aircraft installation and check-out, logistics and software support.
 Boeing brings more than 20 years of experience in designing and producing integrated maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems.
 The company demonstrated its expertise by developing for the Royal New Zealand Air Force's six P-3s a distributed processing architecture and universal display and control system (UDACS), which allows crew members to gather, coordinate and share a wider range of information from on-board sensors and mission equipment.
 The Boeing-designed UDACS also was the heart of the advanced P-3 Update IV avionics system, which the company developed for the U.S. Navy to counter emerging threats posed by the Soviet Union's advanced submarines. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the U.S. Navy's changing role and missions resulted in the program's termination in 1992.
 British Aerospace also has an impressive performance record. An active participant in the Australian defense industry for 40 years, the company specializes in electronic systems integration, software and hardware engineering, facilities management and prime contracting. BAeA recently established a separate division to concentrate on the important prime contract market, and, in December, announced that it had been chosen by General Motors of Canada as "in-country prime" for the supply of 97 Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles to the Australian Army.
 The Boeing-British Aerospace team is not the first cooperative venture between the two companies, nor between Boeing and Australia's aerospace industry. British Aerospace Australia has been manufacturing components for Boeing's 757-model jetliner since 1986, and other Australian-made parts are used on board most Boeing commercial airplane models, including the new 777 currently under development.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Bradley of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-0667; or Julie Williams of British Aerospace Australia, 61-8-343-8256/
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