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INDONESIAN 737 SURVEILLER AIRCRAFT ARRIVES AT BOEING FOR AVIONICS UPGRADE

 INDONESIAN 737 SURVEILLER AIRCRAFT ARRIVES AT BOEING
 FOR AVIONICS UPGRADE
 SEATTLE, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Indonesia has delivered to Boeing Defense & Space Group a 737-200 Surveiller aircraft so its maritime patrol avionics system can be upgraded, Boeing said today.
 Boeing is developing an airborne patrol avionics system to help protect Indonesia's vast, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South Pacific.
 As the world's largest archipelago comprising 17,000 islands, Indonesia needs an advanced surveillance system to monitor, manage and control its EEZ. About 70 percent of the country's territory is water, stretching roughly the same distance as that from New York to Hawaii.
 The Indonesian Air Force (IDAF) currently has three surveillance aircraft, known as the 737 Surveiller, in operation. The government's need to keep pace with new maritime threats requires the airplanes to be upgraded with state-of-the-art avionics and mission equipment.
 "We are pleased to have the Surveiller aircraft in Seattle," said Bob McMahon, Boeing 737 Surveiller program manager. "Boeing has worked hard with the Indonesians to achieve this program milestone. We look forward to installing the mission avionics and delivering a technologically advanced avionics system to help Indonesia protect its economic zone."
 The heart of the new system will be the Boeing-developed Digital Processing and Display System (DPDS), which combines high-speed data processing, color high-resolution displays, and software-configurable controls with customer-specified sensors. Among its many advantages, the DPDS can integrate, control and display input from a wide variety of maritime patrol sensors, and ensures mission completion by reducing operator workloads and promoting crew coordination with reconfigurable work stations.
 Navigation and communications systems on board the 737 Surveiller will be improved to interface with the control system. Boeing also is providing important ground facilities support -- assisting the Indonesian Air Force in setting up communications, computer and mission planning centers -- as well as logistics support such as supplying spares, and air and maintenance crew training for the Surveiller fleet.
 Boeing was awarded the four-year contract from the Republic of Indonesia in September 1989 and began work on the program in October 1990.
 The 737 Surveiller program is a cooperative venture between Boeing; IPTN, Indonesia's state-owned aircraft manufacturer; and the Indonesian Air Force.
 With the arrival of the first Surveiller at Boeing field, Boeing employees will install and test mission equipment, working side-by- side with IDAF personnel and IPTN employees. This aircraft will be "re-delivered" to the Indonesian government in 1993 when it will immediately begin service.
 The remaining two aircraft will be modified at IPTN's facility in Bandung, with a Boeing team on site to help with that effort.
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 /CONTACT: Anne Gose of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-2816/ (BA) CO: Boeing Defense & Space Group; IPTN; Indonesian Air Force ST: Washington IN: ARO AIR SU:


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