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MALAYSIA ORDERS EIGHT McDONNELL DOUGLAS F/A-18s

 ST. LOUIS, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia announced today it would order eight F/A-18D Hornets as part of a program to modernize its air force. Deliveries are scheduled to begin within 36 months after a contract is signed by the Malaysian and U.S. governments.
 The Hornet order accompanies an order for 18 Russian MiG-29 aircraft, which resulted from an earlier commitment Malaysia had made to Russia for the purchase of MiG-29s. Also competing for Malaysian orders were the Lockheed F-16 and the Dassault Mirage 2000-5.
 In announcing its selection of the F/A-18, the Malaysian Ministry of Defence said the new Hornets would fulfill strike and interdiction missions, and the eight aircraft to be purchased would be sufficient to meet training requirements, "an emphasis for the moment."
 "We're pleased with the Malaysian order for eight F/A-18s and view it as the start of a mutually beneficial long-term relationship with Malaysia," said Robert H. Trice, vice president and general manager of business development for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. "We also very much appreciate the support of the U.S. Government in its discussions with Malaysia on behalf of the F/A-18 program.
 "Following orders from Kuwait, Finland and Switzerland, the Malaysian order further demonstrates that the F/A-18 Hornet is the fighter of choice in the international marketplace," Trice added.
 The U.S. Navy stands solidly behind the F/A-18 program, calling the Hornet its highest warfighting priority, and plans to continue buying Hornets through 2015 as the heart of its carrier air wings.
 In addition to prime contractor McDonnell Douglas, Northrop is principal airframe subcontractor, General Electric supplies the F404 engines, and Hughes provides the APG-73 radar.
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 /CONTACT: Daryl Stephenson of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-232-8203/


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