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LTV RECEIVES DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT FROM U.S. ARMY

 LTV RECEIVES DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT FROM U.S. ARMY
 DALLAS, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Missiles Division of LTV


Aerospace and Defense has finalized negotiations for an $83.9 million contract modification from the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command for its Extended Range Interceptor (ERINT) program.
 A part of the Strategic Defense Initiative, ERINT is a surface-to- air missile and missile fire control system being designed to destroy incoming tactical ballistic missiles. It is a kinetic energy program that attempts to achieve target warhead kill by direct impact rather than an explosive warhead.
 The modification to the ERINT contract, which will extend the program through 1994, provides research and development funds to design and prototype hardware to potentially integrate ERINT into the Patriot air defense system. LTV will design and test a fire solution computer that calculates flight commands from data received from the Patriot radar and communicates those commands to the ERINT missile through a missile management station on the launcher.
 This Patriot/ERINT study modification does not include any flight tests; however, it does include ground tests to demonstrate the interface between ERINT and the Patriot system.
 Employment of ERINT on some Patriot launchers in a current Patriot battery would reduce the threat of saturation by tactical ballistic missiles and provide a four-to-one firepower advantage. A single Patriot launcher could fire 16 ERINT missiles instead of four Patriot missiles.
 ERINT has begun a flight test program this summer at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., that includes two control tests and six guided tests. Performance against tactical ballistic missile, air-breathing and maneuvering tactical missile targets will be demonstrated.
 The current ERINT missile is based on technology proven by LTV's Flexible Lightweight Agile Guided Experiment (FLAGE) program. In 1987, FLAGE successfully demonstrated direct body-to-body impact on a tactical ballistic missile by destroying a Lance battlefield missile in flight.
 LTV Aerospace and Defense manufactures missile, rocket and space systems; military vehicles; and subassemblies for military and commercial aircraft. The 17th largest defense contractor in the United States, 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/
 (LTV) CO: LTV Corporation ST: Texas IN: ARO SU: CON


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