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 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has established a new Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) Research and Development Center that will focus the company's unique experience in V/STOL aircraft and its advanced technology and processes activities.
 Keith Hertzenberg will head the new organization, which is a subdivision of the New Aircraft and Missile Products (NAMP) division at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace.
 Among the V/STOL Research and Development Center's responsibilities will be the McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace entry in the Advanced Short Takeoff and Landing (ASTOVL) technology demonstration program. The center will also pursue, test and demonstrate both new technologies and new fabrication and production processes for both new and existing aircraft, including the Harrier II Plus.
 The Research and Development Center will also support the Harrier II Plus Remanufacturing Program, where current day-attack Harrier IIs will be converted into Harrier II Plus aircraft with a new service life at two-thirds the cost of building an all new aircraft.
 "McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace have been teamed since 1969, and we have established ourselves as leaders in V/STOL through the Harrier program," Hertzenberg said. "No other team in the world has our experience in V/STOL development and applications. We plan to build on that expertise by developing and applying the key technologies needed to meet customer requirements through upgrades of existing systems as well as through new aircraft systems."
 Hertzenberg said the V/STOL Research and Development Center will use the McDonnell Douglas Phantom Works prototype center to take advantage of the Phantom Works expertise in materials development, lean manufacturing skills and rapid prototyping of products and processes. Many of these innovations will be tested on Harrier II testbed aircraft that will be inducted into the Research and Development Center in 1994.
 "The V/STOL Research and Development Center will serve as a focal point for McDonnell Douglas to determine key customer needs and requirements, to coordinate research and development activities, and to conduct the proper lean manufacturing and prototyping techniques to meet those customer requirements," Hertzenberg said.
 "Whether it is an upgrade of existing aircraft or the development of next-generation aircraft, our goal is to meet the customer requirements of the future in an effective, affordable manner," he said. "Specifically, we expect that demonstration of many of the new tooling and manufacturing technology techniques on our testbed aircraft will result in significant benefits for the Harrier II Plus Remanufacturing Program, which will be a 'win-win' situation for us and the USMC."
 McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace produce the Harrier II, including the newest version, the radar-equipped Harrier II Plus, which has been ordered by the U.S. Marine Corps, and the navies of Italy and Spain. The two companies are also teamed on the T-45A Goshawk trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy, and they are teamed on the ASTOVL technology demonstration program.
 McDonnell Douglas received the Phase II ASTOVL contract earlier this year. With team members General Electric and Rolls-Royce, McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace are pursuing the gas-coupled augmented lift fan ASTOVL concept.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/

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