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McDONNELL DOUGLAS COMPLETES OPERATIONAL TESTING OF UPGRADED SLAM

 ST. LOUIS, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- An improved version of the U.S. Navy Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) that allows the missile to be launched from higher altitudes has successfully completed operational testing and will be available to the fleet within the month.
 Built by McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD), the upgraded version of SLAM includes improvements to the flight software used in the missile's on-board guidance computer. The new software incorporates a feature called "energy management guidance," which increases the allowable altitude and ambient temperature envelope for greater tactical flexibility in SLAM flights.
 In flight tests, the improved SLAM has been launched from altitudes that more than doubled the previous launch altitude ceiling, which further protect the launching aircraft from attack. The improvements were recommendations resulting from experiences of U.S. Navy aircrews that used SLAM during Operation Desert Storm.
 The improved version of SLAM also includes a number of user- friendliness enhancements that make launching the missile and designating the target significantly easier.
 The Navy also conducted the first launch of a SLAM in a fleet training exercise Feb. 9 at the Point Mugu test range. The missile was launched from an A-6E Systems and Weapons Improvement Program (SWIP) aircraft by the Navy "Green Lizards" attack squadron (VA-95), and made a direct hit on a target on San Nicholas Island off southern California.
 Through fiscal year 1992, the U.S. Navy has procured 514 SLAMs, which are a derivative of the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon anti-ship missile system. SLAM, which was successfully used during Desert Storm while in operational evaluation, allows Navy aircraft to maintain a safe, standoff distance from enemy defenses while attacking high-value targets with precision accuracy.
 SLAM combines the airframe, propulsion and control systems of the Harpoon with a guidance system composed of proven components: a Maverick imaging infrared radar seeker; a Walleye datalink; and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. It has a launch range in excess of 50 nautical miles and can be controlled from even greater ranges.
 SLAM is manufactured by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace at its production facility in St. Charles, Mo. McDonnell Douglas has been building missile systems for the Department of Defense for more than four decades and has delivered more than 100,000 guided missiles to DoD and international customers.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/
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