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GRUMMAN WINS $115 MILLION AWARD FOR A-6E IMPROVEMENTS

 GRUMMAN WINS $115 MILLION AWARD FOR A-6E IMPROVEMENTS
 BETHPAGE, N.Y., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Grumman Corporation (NYSE: GQ) has been awarded a $115 million U.S. Navy contract to supply kits for major weapons system and structural improvements to the A-6E attack aircraft.
 The A-6E is the current version of the Grumman A-6, the Navy's versatile medium attack bomber. The new contract is part of an ongoing upgrade program for the aircraft.
 "The improvements underway for the A-6E will extend its combat effectiveness into the next century," said Robert H. Denien, executive vice president, Grumman Aircraft Systems group. "They will help bridge the gap to the Navy's next generation of attack aircraft."
 Under the award, issued by the Naval Air Systems Command, Grumman will supply kits to support the rewinging and upgrade of 120 A-6E aircraft. The upgrade permits the aircraft to carry new weapons, including HARM, Harpoon and Maverick missiles. It also includes an ALR- 67 radar warning receiver, a fire detection and suppression system, and a digital fuel-quantity monitoring system.
 Under future contracts, Grumman expects to install the kits and composite wings on 72 of the aircraft; the remainder will be upgraded at U.S. naval depot facilities.
 In addition, Grumman is developing improvements to the A-6E under the Block 1A Upgrade program. The improvements will include airframe modifications, a digitalized modern cockpit, and advanced avionics.
 Grumman built more than 700 A-6 aircraft between 1960 and 1992. Other U.S. Navy aircraft produced by the company include the F-14 Tomcat fighter, the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, and the E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft. For the U.S. Air Force, Grumman produced the EF-111 Raven jamming aircraft and supports the A-10 Thunderbolt II close support aircraft.
 Based in Bethpage, Grumman Corporation is widely known as an international aerospace company. Other businesses range from sophisticated integrated information and electronics systems to U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks. The company employs more than 21,000 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
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