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MARINES SELECT GE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM

 MARINES SELECT GE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM
 BURLINGTON, Vt., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Marine Corps has


selected GE Armament Systems to provide the Light Armored Vehicle Air Defense (LAV-AD) system.
 The Marines plan to buy 100 LAV-AD systems with a total value of about $250 million. GE received an $18 million contract today for continued research and development leading to a production decision in early 1994.
 The GE system provides a cost-effective counter to the varied threats from low-altitude fighters and attack helicopters facing the Marines around the world. GE has successfully integrated a 25-mm. Gatling gun and Stinger missiles with a fourth-generation fire control system into a compact two-man turret.
 "The entire GE team has worked very hard for years to earn the confidence of the Marines," said Kenneth J. Leenstra, general manager of GE Armament Systems. "Now we're ready to begin making LAV-AD systems on time and within budget." The first operational LAV-AD is scheduled to be delivered to the Marines in late 1995.
 "Extensive Marine testing of the two prototype vehicles over two years has clearly shown that the GE LAV-AD system meets all of the Corps' requirements," Leenstra stated. "It can move, shoot and communicate -- while providing protection for the crew. No other air defense system offers so much at such low risk and cost," he emphasized.
 The Marines specified a passive sensor suite that includes a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR), daylight TV, eyesafe laser rangefinder and automatic tracking and fire control. GE says other sensors, such as radar, or other missiles can easily be added to the basic system.
 The turret will be installed in the Light Armored Vehicle, which is already in service with the Marines. One of the Marines' requirements is that the LAV-AD be transportable by a CH-53 helicopter or C-130 transport. The modular turret, called Blazer, is also readily adaptable to other vehicles such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M113 armored personnel carrier.
 "In short," Leenstra asserted, "the LAV-AD provides tremendous air defense capability at a very economical cost."
 Other members of the GE LAV-AD team are: Diesel Division of General Motors of Canada, London, Ontario, for vehicle integration; Texas Instruments, Dallas, for the FLIR/TV sight, and GE Defense Systems, Pittsfield, Mass., for turret drives.
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 /CONTACT: William Shumman of GE, 202-637-4555/
 (GE) CO: General Electric Company ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU: CON


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