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CONTRAVES USA AWARDED CONTRACT FOR $20 MILLION TELESCOPE

 CONTRAVES USA AWARDED CONTRACT FOR $20 MILLION TELESCOPE
 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Contraves USA has been awarded a $20 million contract to design, build and install a 3.67-meter telescope and base for the U.S. Air Force's Systems Command Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, it was announced today.
 The system, which will be built by Contraves' Electro-Optics Systems Division (EOS), eventually will be located at Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, and used as a universal tool to complement that facility's other telescopes and measuring instruments.
 "This contract reaffirms our position as the world leader in the development of large precision tracking optical telescope systems for the scientific and military communities," said Herb Ellis, vice president of EOS.
 Contraves USA has nearly completed another contract with the Air Force for a 3.5-meter telescope. The $10.5 million contract called for Contraves to design and build a 35-foot-high, 275,000-pound gimballed system -- capable of viewing and plotting the trajectory of satellites and stars -- that is essential to the Air Force's continued study of atmospheric turbulence.
 Contraves USA, which has more than 80 years of experience in the development of optical telescope systems, also designs and produces sophisticated, precision instrumentation for the electromechanical, simulation and test fields for commercial and defense military applications.
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 /EDITORS: Photos of the 3.5-meter telescope are available by contacting Wayne Perry at 412-967-7856. In addition, photo opportunities exist at Keystone Commons in East Pittsburgh, where the 3.5-meter telescope is being assembled. Again, you must make prior arrangements through Perry./
 /CONTACT: Wayne Perry of Contraves USA, 412-967-7856/ CO: Contraves USA ST: Pennsylvania IN: ARO SU: CON


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