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GENERAL DYNAMICS AWARDED CONTRACT

 GENERAL DYNAMICS AWARDED CONTRACT
 SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Space Systems


Division has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to modify Space Launch Complex 3 East (SLC-3E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to accommodate Atlas/Centaur launch vehicles.
 This first phase contract is valued at $112.6 million and includes ground equipment development and project integration. The contract will be expanded later this year to include facility design, construction and activation.
 Currently, SLC-3E is configured to launch only the Atlas booster without the Centaur upper stage. The site has been in minimum maintenance status since 1987. Work on SLC-3E will begin by the end of this year. The complex is expected to begin launch operations by mid-1996. By adding the capability to accommodate the Centaur high- energy upper stage, Atlas launches from SLC-3E will place USAF, NASA and other customer payloads into polar orbit to obtain mission objectives that are not readily available with existing Atlas launch sites at Cape Canaveral.
 "This contract will help stabilize our division's employment both in San Diego and at Vandenberg Air Force Base," said Michael W. Wynne, General Dynamics vice president and Space Systems Division president. "In addition, the contract will extend our presence at VAFB well beyond the launch of the last Atlas E."
 Atlas became operational as an ICBM at Vandenberg AFB in 1959, two years after its first successful test effort from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., in 1957. Atlas Es presently launched from SLC-3 West are ICBMs modified as space launch vehicles.
 General Dynamics Space Systems Division, headquartered in San Diego, produces the Atlas booster, the Centaur upper stage and other launch vehicle components at its facilities in San Diego, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Harlingen, Texas. The division provides launch services to commercial and military customers with its Atlas family of launch vehicles.
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 /CONTACT: Julie C. Andrews of General Dynamics, 619-974-3600/
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