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INNOVATIVE FLIGHT MANAGEMENT COMPUTER READY TO BE INSTALLED ON LONGBOW APACHE

 MESA, Ariz., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A powerful new flight management computer, developed using an innovative team design process, is being prepared for integration into the U.S. Army's next-generation AH-64D Longbow Apache combat helicopter.
 The lightweight computer system, built by the Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies Corp., Windsor Locks, Conn., was delivered to McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems in Mesa, ahead of schedule last month.
 It will be installed on the fifth Longbow Apache prototype, which is scheduled to fly this month.
 The new computer, which replaces four separate systems or "black boxes," is 30 pounds lighter than the systems it replaces on the AH-64A Apache.
 The computer uses new 32-bit microprocessor technology and self- contained pressure transducers to provide the Longbow Apache with integrated stability augmentation, air data processing, and stabilator control.
 This added capability will make flying easier for Longbow Apache crews by managing these functions, thereby freeing Longbow Apache crews to concentrate on other duties in flight.
 Use of the new computer also is expected to reduce recurring production costs for these systems by more than 50 percent.
 Success of the development program is being attributed to an innovative effort that focused on Total Quality.
 "An integrated team representing everyone from suppliers through the end user made development of this computer possible," said Chuck Vehlow, director of Apache derivatives at McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems. "Development time was cut in half because of the active participation by all team members."
 Vehlow said members of Team Apache Modernization made a wide range of innovative suggestions during development, ranging from technical improvements to process improvements that helped reduce production and development time.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems, 602-891-5519/


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