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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 700TH APACHE TO U.S. ARMY; FIRMS ORDERS WITH GREECE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 700TH APACHE TO U.S. ARMY;
 FIRMS ORDERS WITH GREECE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
 MESA, Ariz., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- December 1991 proved to be a significant month for the AH-64 Apache as McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. marked a major milestone on the U.S. Army program and finalized two international sales.
 The company delivered the 700th AH-64 to the U.S. Army in December, only a few days before receiving official word that Greece had become the first European nation to agree to purchase the combat-proven multi-mission rotorcraft.
 The 700th Apache is destined to become part of the 3-101st Combat Aviation Battalion, which is home-based with the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. The U.S. Army has fielded 24 combat-ready Apache battalions since 1985.
 The Hellenic Ministry of Defense signed a letter of offer and acceptance from the U.S. Army on Dec. 24, finalizing an agreement for Greece to purchase 12 AH-64 helicopters under a foreign military sales contract. The agreement includes an option for eight additional Apaches, and Greece has expressed interest in increasing that option by four aircraft.
 McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) also received confirmation in December that the United Arab Emirates had finalized a similar agreement with the U.S. Army for 20 Apaches.
 In addition to the 807 AH-64s McDonnell Douglas will produce for the U.S. Army, five international customers have agreed to purchase 86 Apaches through foreign military sales contracts.
 With orders and commitments for 893 Apaches, production at the company's Mesa facility will continue into mid-1995 when remanufacture of AH-64As into the AH-64D Longbow Apache for the U.S. Army is expected to begin.
 Work already is under way in Mesa on the Longbow Apache, which is designed to significantly enhance the aircraft's performance as the leading-edge combat helicopter into the 21st century.
 McDonnell Douglas is working under a $194.6 million Army contract to integrate the Longbow Fire Control Radar and the RF Hellfire Longbow missile on the Apache. Four AH-64A Apaches will be modified into AH-64D Longbow Apache prototypes.
 First flight of a Longbow Apache prototype is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
 A fleet modernization program proposed by the U.S. Army would upgrade 254 AH-64A Apaches with near term improvements derived from Operation Desert Storm experience, and convert the remaining 535 AH-64A models into the AH-64C/D configuration.
 AH-64C and D models are identical with the exception of the radar system and more powerful engines, which are not required for the AH-64C.
 The Apache is the world's most lethal and technically advanced helicopter, delivering unprecedented firepower with deadly accuracy.
 Combat proven during Operation Desert Storm, the aircraft can be equipped with a formidable array of weapons unmatched by any other rotorcraft.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., 602-891-5519/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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