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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 6,000TH PRODUCTION MISSILE TO U.S. NAVY

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 6,000TH PRODUCTION MISSILE TO U.S. NAVY
 ST. LOUIS, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) delivered the 6,000th production missile of the Harpoon/SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile) program to the U.S. Navy in ceremonies held today at the company's St. Charles, Mo. facility.
 E.R. "Randy" Jayne II, president of McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Co., made the presentation to Rear Adm. George F.A. Wagner, Navy program executive officer for the Cruise Missiles Project and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Joint Project Office in Washington, D.C.
 "In the entire defense budget over many years, few, if any programs can match Harpoon/SLAM for total customer satisfaction," Jayne said. "Cost, schedule, technical evolution, and -- most important -- performance and reliability in combat have all been outstanding. Our U.S. and allied customers, our many valued suppliers, and our entire Missile Systems team can take great pride in our partnership."
 McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems has produced the Harpoon anti-ship missile since 1975. During this time, Harpoons have been delivered to the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and 20 international customers.
 The Harpoon can be launched from aircraft, surface ships, submarines and mobile land-based launchers. The latest upgrade in a series of product improvements is Block 1D. In 1989, the company was contracted to develop and implement guidance software changes that allow the Harpoon to re-attack a target by flying cloverleaf-shaped search patterns if the missile does not acquire the target on the first approach. In addition, a two-foot fuel tank extension almost doubles the range of the previous Harpoon Block 1C missile.
 Included among Harpoon variants is the SLAM. SLAM combines the Harpoon airframe with a new guidance system composed of a Maverick imaging infrared seeker; a Walleye datalink; and a Global Positioning System Receiver. SLAM allows the Navy to execute precision strikes against high-value land and ship targets while maintaining a safe distance from enemy defenses. SLAMUs launch range is in excess of 50 nautical miles, and can be controlled from even greater ranges.
 "We are particularly pleased that this milestone comes on the heels of successful deployment of both Harpoon and SLAM during Desert Storm," said Charles E. Suyo, vice president and program manager of the Harpoon/SLAM program at McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems. "Our employees have been dedicated to producing a quality product for many years; their hard work was reflected in the performance of the weapons during a critical time."
 Upon accepting delivery of the 6000th Harpoon, Wagner commended the Harpoon/SLAM staff for their commitment to excellence.
 McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems builds the Harpoon and SLAM at its production facility in St. Charles. McDonnell Douglas has produced more than 100,000 guided missiles for the Department of Defense.
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