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HUGHES WINS AWARD TO DEVELOP NEW U.S. NAVY SONAR SYSTEM

 HUGHES WINS AWARD TO DEVELOP NEW U.S. NAVY SONAR SYSTEM
 FULLERTON, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Hughes Aircraft Co. a $31.3 million contract to develop the next generation helicopter-borne dipping sonar system that will provide enhanced anti-submarine warfare capability to U.S. carrier battle groups.
 The five-year contract, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, to Hughes' Ground Systems Group provides for full-scale development of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar and a follow-on production option of up to 50 systems.
 The overall potential for the ALFS program, including planned U.S. and international orders, could total more than 450 units with a development and production value of up to $1 billion.
 The sonar is planned for use aboard aircraft carrier SH-60F helicopters as well as LAMPS SH-60B helicopters flown from cruisers, destroyers and frigates.
 Hughes is one of the Navy's leading suppliers of sonar systems. During the past three decades, the company has supplied hull-mounted and towed array sonar systems for both surface combatants, ships and submarines, and commercially operated surface vessels.
 Working with Hughes on the program is Thomson Sintra ASM, a subsidiary of Paris-based Thomson-CSF. Thomson-CSF will provide the expandable sonar array and the reeling machine subsystems of ALFS. These are key elements of Thomson-CSF's Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopter, which Thomson-CSF is supplying to the British Royal Navy for use on EH101 helicopters.
 Hughes is a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft Co., 714-732-4631/ CO: Hughes Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: ARO SU: PDT


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