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LTV DELIVERS 500TH ATACMS MISSILE TO ARMY

 LTV DELIVERS 500TH ATACMS MISSILE TO ARMY
 EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Missiles Division of LTV


Aerospace and Defense today delivered the 500th Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile to the U.S. Army.
 George Williams, the Army program executive officer for tactical missiles, and Col. David F. Matthews, ATACMS project manager, accepted the missile in a ceremony at LTV's ATACMS final assembly facility here at Horizon City near El Paso.
 "The acceptance of this missile represents a significant milestone in the production of the most reliable and lethal conventional surface- to-surface missile the Army has ever had in its arsenal," Col. Matthews said.
 ATACMS is the first tactical surface-to-surface missile ever fired in combat by the U.S. Army, due to its deployment in Operation Desert Storm. LTV accelerated production so that the long-range missile could be used against high priority targets, including air defense sites and command, control and communication installations -- all of which were destroyed or rendered inoperable.
 LTV won the competition to design and produce ATACMS in March 1986 after nearly a decade of research and testing. The resulting conventional missile gives Army battlefield commanders the capability to engage enemy ground targets at long ranges and disrupt the flow of reinforcements.
 "The delivery of the 500th production missile is a proud accomplishment for the ATACMS team," said Robert Anderson, ATACMS program director for LTV's Missiles Division. "In just over six years, we have started and completed development, supported a war and continue to produce ahead of schedule."
 The first launch of an ATACMS missile was on April 26, 1988, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. It is fired from the same M270 launcher that fires Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets. A fully-loaded launcher can carry two ATAMS missiles or 12 MLRS rockets.
 Each ATACMS missile is 13 feet long, two feet in diameter and has a range of more than 60 miles. Each missile contains about 950 submunitions which disperse over the target area and detonate on impact.
 Key features of the ATACMS missile include a solid fuel rocket provided by Atlantic Research Corporation of Alexandria, Va., and a ring laser gyro inertial guidance manufactured by the Military Avionics Division of Honeywell, Inc., in Clearwater, Fla.
 LTV Aerospace and Defense manufactures missile, rocket and space systems; and subassemblies for military and commercial aircraft. The 17th largest defense contractor in the United Sates, it is a subsidiary of The LTV Corporation (NYSE: QLTV), a Dallas-based diversified manufacturing company also involved in steel and energy products.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Drake of LTV Aerospace and Defense, 214-266-1801/
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