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MAGLEV GROUP PLANS TO MARKET SYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD

 LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A four-company group that has submitted a proposal to build a high-speed magnetically levitated (maglev) train system from the Los Angeles International Airport to Palmdale plans to market similar systems around the world.
 The system, with vehicles which operate at more than 300 miles per hour, is based on technology currently demonstrated in Germany. The system could become part of a wider high-speed rail network to serve high-density travel corridors in California.
 The American MagLine Group consists of Thyssen-Henschel America Inc. of Los Angeles, a subsidiary of a German multinational company with extensive U.S. holdings; Booz, Allen & Hamilton of McLean, Va.; General Atomics of San Diego; and Hughes Aircraft Co. of Los Angeles.
 In addition to the California project, the group is pursuing opportunities in the United States and Asia. The group's proposal was submitted to the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (since merged with the Southern California Rapid Transit District to form the Metropolitan Transportation Authority) last November, and a decision is expected this summer.
 "Our maglev technology is ready now to serve customers around the world," said Winfried Haastert, chairman of Thyssen-Henschel. "Our team has not only the experience but all the engineering capabilities necessary to immediately produce magnetic levitation train systems for the world market."
 The group's maglev system, known as Transrapid, is the result of a 15-year, $3 billion development program. The prototype is located on a test track in the Emsland region and was recently certified by the German government as safe and ready for passenger service.
 The group's plan is to build on the Transrapid technology by introducing state-of-the-art operational information management and control systems developed by Hughes and the advanced power electronics and magnet technology developed by General Atomics. The group will also draw upon Booz, Allen & Hamilton's international experience in the design and operation of transportation systems.
 "This is an excellent opportunity to take advanced German and American technology to leapfrog our other international competitors and build a new American industry," said Ken Behnke, manager of Advanced Systems in Hughes' Systems Sector. "If we are successful in introducing this technology in the United States, then we will create new high-technology jobs not only in California but also in other parts of the country. This is a good example of how we can apply Hughes military technology to new markets."
 The maglev trains are suspended above a guideway by a magnetic field and are propelled by linear motors installed in the guideway. The trains offer significant advantages in lower acquisition and operating expenses when compared to conventional high-speed rail systems. Environmentally, the electrically driven maglev system is non-polluting and is quieter and more energy efficient than conventional train systems.
 "These advantages mean that the American MagLine systems are a more acceptable alternative to help reduce congestion on the nation's highways and airways," said Behnke. "Equally important, in forming the group, the implementation of maglev systems will create high- technology employment opportunities and reduce Southern California's dependence on military expenditures."
 President Bill Clinton's Technology Policy issued on Feb. 22 expressly supports this new technology.
 "Providing a world-class transportation sector will require the nation to meet the challenges posed by increased congestion in many parts of the transportation system and by the need to rebuild and maintain a public capital stock valued at more than $2.4 trillion," the policy states.
 "To meet these challenges, the Administration's program includes increased investment in a number of areas ... Investing in magnetic levitation (maglev) transportation and high-speed rail by providing funds for a maglev prototype and for start-up of private or state/local high-speed rail projects ... "
 California Gov. Pete Wilson in April created a special task force to "devise a plan that is to put a job-producing, state-of-the-art, high-speed rail system under construction in California within the next seven years.
 The American MagLine Group features an international team of companies with complementary expertise in the technologies needed to develop and engineer maglev trains.
 Thyssen-Henschel has pioneered and owns proven maglev technology, while Booz, Allen & Hamilton, an international management and technology consulting firm, has extensive transportation technology and railway project management expertise on five continents.
 Hughes Aircraft Co., a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, has produced state-of-the-art information management and control systems for 23 nations during the past three decades. General Atomics is a world leader in the production of high power electronics and electromagnetic systems.
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 /CONTACT: Reeve Whitson of Thyssen-Henschel, 310-828-9768; or Marie Lerch of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, 703-902-5559; or Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft Co., 714-732-4631; or Doug Fouquet of General Atomics, 619-455-2173/


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