ITT AWARDED $100 MILLION DEW LINE CONTRACT
COMPANY'S INVOLVEMENT IN PROJECT SPANS THREE DECADES
NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Corporation announced today the receipt of a $100 million contract to continue the operation and maintenance of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, a string of 10 radar system outposts deep within the Arctic Circle which guards the United States against a hostile enemy attack from the North.
The contract was awarded by the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia to ITT Federal Services Corporation (FSC) a unit of ITT Defense, Inc.
The primary mission of the DEW Line, in operation since August 1957, is to provide timely tactical warning against manned bomber and cruise missile threats. ITT has provided complete and continuous management of the DEW Line system since its establishment in 1957, with the exception of a three-year period in the mid-1970s.
"We are extremely proud of ITT's contribution to the DEW Line mission spanning more than three decades," Rand V. Araskog, chairman, president and chief executive said. "Our performance on this project is consistent with the outstanding service ITT Defense and our fellow employees have provided to all branches of the United States Armed Forces," the chairman continued.
The contract calls for ITT to provide required services in the areas of administration, management, operations, communication electronics maintenance, civil engineering and logistics -- 24 hours-per-day, seven- days-per-week. This includes providing and maintaining all of its life support systems, facilities and equipment including housing, food services, water and waste management. The ITT FSC Canada Operations Support Office, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, provides support to the DEW sites, as well as houses a training center for DEW Line operations/technical employees, a Supply Support Activity, a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory and a communications-electronic depot level maintenance facility.
In addition to its early warning mission, the DEW Line manages, operates and maintains a widespread communications system which interconnects the DEW Line with subscribers in Canada and the continental United States.
ITT has been continuously improving the DEW Line by initiating innovations that have resulted in improved performance and cost reductions. Program officials point to recent reports that indicate that the 1950s vacuum tube technology system is operating at levels higher than those specified by the U.S. government. Keeping old technology systems working in a brutally harsh Arctic environment represents an achievement of excellence.
The DEW Line, established at the beginning of the Cold War with what was formerly the Soviet Union, originally stretched thousands of miles from Alaska to Greenland. Today, it extends across Canada from Komakuk Beach in the Yukon Territory to Mackar Inlet, Northwest Territories.
ITT Defense, headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a leading supplier of high technology command, control, and communications, electronic defense, electro-optical, and surveillance systems, and related services in the United States and allied nations.
ITT is a diversified multinational enterprise engaged, either directly or through subsidiaries, in manufacturing and selling automotive, electronic components, fluid technology, defense, and forest products, and in providing and selling insurance, financial, communication and information, and hotel services.
/CONTACT: Jim Gallagher of ITT, 212-258-1261/
(ITT) CO: ITT Corporation; ITT Federal Services Corporation ST: New York IN: ARO SU: CON SM -- NY043 -- 6870 03/10/92 11:57 EST