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MODERNIZED F-111F PACER STRIKE PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FUNCTIONAL FLIGHT TESTING

 MODERNIZED F-111F PACER STRIKE PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT
 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FUNCTIONAL FLIGHT TESTING
 ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The F-111F Pacer Strike prototype aircraft has successfully completed the Functional Flight Test phase of the Avionics Modernization Program. Rockwell International's Autonetics Marine and Aircraft Systems Division (AMASD) is leading the team modernizing 84 F-111Fs, extending aircraft mission life beyond the year 2010.
 "The Functional Flight Test phase that verifies the modification, both hardware and software integrity, concluded on Sept. 3, 1992," said Ken McQuade, AMASD vice president and general manager. "Twelve effective sorties were accomplished in 12 flights within the two- month period allotted for the Functional Flight Test phase. This is an accomplishment that not many other aircraft modernization contractors can quote."
 With the completion of the Functional Flight Tests, the aircraft enters the next phase of the program, Air Force Qualification and Operational Test and Evaluation. This phase will last approximately 18 months and will take place at McClellan Air Force Base (AFB) in Sacramento, Calif., and Cannon AFB in New Mexico.
 Primary elements of Pacer Strike include the replacement of outdated analog avionics subsystems with more modern digital equipment, and the introduction of the new Air Force ring laser gyro Standard Inertial Navigation Unit, a Rockwell-built Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation receiver, and a new integrated cockpit display system.
 The program also provides for new operational computer software, integration and test of the trial aircraft, and production of modification kits for remaining aircraft. Delivery of the production kits to the Sacramento Air Logistics Center is scheduled to begin in fall 1992.
 AMASD, part of the company's Defense Electronics organization, received the Pacer Strike contract in 1989 from the Air Force Materiel Command's Sacramento Air Logistics Center. In addition to AMASD, Rockwell team members include North American Aircraft and Collins Avionics and Communications Division.
 Rockwell International (NYSE: ROK) is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Rodriguez of Rockwell International Defense Electronics, 714-762-4195/
 (ROK) CO: Rockwell International ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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