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HUGHES UNVEILS NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM TO MEET WORLD NEEDS

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A new air traffic control system based on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and designed to meet the operational requirements of nearly all of the world's civil aviation agencies has been unveiled by Hughes Aircraft Co. at the annual U.S. Air Traffic Control Association convention.
 The easily adaptable air traffic control system, called Guardian, provides controllers throughout the world with automated tools to handle increased air traffic loads with improved safety margins, according to the head of the Hughes air traffic control systems business units.
 "The Guardian product allows Hughes to provide a state-of-the-art, fully automated off-the-shelf air traffic control system to agencies and controllers throughout the world," said Dr. Henry Winkler.
 "Being an off-the-shelf product, Guardian can be fully operational in a fraction of the time traditionally experienced in fielding air traffic control modernization programs."
 Two countries already have selected Guardian to meet their airspace management requirements. Hughes is currently proposing Guardian for use in Australia, Indonesia, Brunei and several other nations and the company has also targeted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's terminal automation program as a potential user of the system.
 Guardian provides a system that can be implemented to meet the needs of all airspace management environments including enroute centers, terminal approach control facilities and aairport control towers.
 The Guardian open architecture interfaces with other systems to provide controllers complete access to all data required to support air traffic control operations. Standard radar interfaces are provided and others can be rapidly configured to match any specific radar interface characteristics.
 According to Winkler, Guardian provides scalable, economical solutions that covers the range from stand-alone applications, such as airport control tower displays, to fully integrated national air traffic control systems.
 Guardian's platform independent, distributed open architecture enables systems to be constructed with processing and display components from worldwide vendors to allow systems implementations appropriate to a given customer's logistic and budgetary requirements.
 Developed through an innovative design process with new design concepts by Hughes, Guardian also employs proven and dependable radar data processing and radar advisory concepts. Advanced radar safety advisory features incorporated in Guardian include minimum safe altitude warning, airspace intrusion warning and Hughes patented conflict alert.
 Guardian can be used throughout the world because its flight data processing system was designed to meet the International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) interface requirements used as global standards. It also handles non-ICAO formats.
 "The Guardian man-machine-interface was the result of an evolutionary process which was initiated more than 30 years ago when Hughes began developing advanced airspace management systems," said Winkler.
 "For the past decade, Hughes has been extensively involved in developing tailored computer-human interface designs to meet the specific and unique requirements for air traffic control operations. The Guardian computer-human interface was designed to enhance aviation safety, reduce controller workload and increase airspace utilization efficiency."
 The release of Guardian completes the Hughes product line of complete automated air traffic control systems.
 Through its Hughes Aircraft of Canada Ltd. subsidiary, Hughes is building a new $325 million system for Canada. Hughes also offers TracView, a commercial-off-the-shelf system, which meets terminal and tower control requirements, and is in use in Canada, Germany and Turkey.
 The earnings of GM Hughes Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., are used to calculate 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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