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 FULLERTON, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A unit of Hughes Aircraft Co. has teamed with IBM's Federal Systems Co. of Manassas, Va., and BTG of Vienna, Va., to compete for the U.S. Navy's procurement of tactical computer workstations under the Tactical Advanced Computer-4 (TAC-4) program with a value estimated at $2 billion-plus.
 Hughes Data Systems, the prime contractor for the Navy's current $170 million-plus TAC-3 program, will serve as the prime contractor, program manager and provide systems integration. IBM will provide workstations, systems integration and related hardware and software. BTG will provide after-delivery service and logistics support. Hughes is a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.
 The workstations, based on IBM's RISC System/6000 technology, will be used by the Navy aboard surface combat ships, submarines, aircraft, land-based laboratories and for electronic intelligence requirements. IBM will provide a single set of cabinet designs to meet all platform requirements.
 The TAC-4 program requirement is for approximately 42,000 workstations or nearly 10 times larger in quantities than the current TAC-3 program and covers a broader spectrum of products. It is expected the TAC-4 program will put more emphasis on software, logistics support and engineering support for the fleet in order to meet mission critical requirements.
 "Hughes, IBM and BTG have a combined experience of 75 years providing solutions to the Navy's tactical requirements," said E.O. Knowles, president of Hughes Data Systems.
 "The environmental requirements for the shipboard systems, the real- time operating environment, the logistics requirements and engineering support requirements for TAC-4 require the type of in-depth knowledge for the fleet's tactical needs that our team uniquely offers."
 Hughes, one of the Navy's largest suppliers of advanced electronics systems, has been the nation's primary supplier of Naval Tactical Distribution System displays for nearly 30 years. The company has produced and installed more than 5,000 such displays for use aboard nearly every fighting ship the Navy has put to sea during that time. Hughes has also provided nearly 2,000 TAC-3 displays since winning the contract early in 1992.
 IBM has been providing the Navy with major tactical products and systems since the 1960s. Such products include the AN/UYS-1 advanced signal processor, the LAMPS helicopter-dipping sonar system, the AN/BQQ-5 and AN/BQQ-6 submarine sonar systems and the AN-BSY-1 submarine combat system.
 BTG has been serving he Navy's tactical systems integration needs for more than one decade. The company has provided extensive software development, training, system installation, system maintenance and logistics and support for numerous U.S. Navy programs. BTG has worked on the Prototype Ocean Surveillance Terminal, Advanced Tracking Prototype and the Classic Trump programs, among numerous others.
 The earnings of GM Hughes Electronics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., are used to calculate the earnings per share of General Motors Class H Common Stock (NYSE: GMH).
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft, 714-732-4631/

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