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McDONNELL DOUGLAS TO BUILD 65 PERCENT OF TOTAL NUMBER OF U.S. NAVY TOMAHAWK SEA-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES

McDONNELL DOUGLAS TO BUILD 65 PERCENT OF TOTAL NUMBER OF U.S. NAVY
 TOMAHAWK SEA-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES
 ST. LOUIS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) will build 65 percent of the total number of U.S. Navy Tomahawk sea- launched cruise missiles included in the fiscal year 1992 purchase. The selection notice was issued today by the Cruise Missiles Project in Washington, D.C.
 The $179 million contract is for the production of 114 missiles by McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Co. McDonnell Douglas is also producing 60 percent of the Tomahawks (240 missiles) in the NavyUs fiscal year 1991 purchase.
 If all options are exercised under the contract, McDonnell Douglas will also remanufacture 140 Tomahawk missiles already in inventory as well as the new missiles to provide them with Block III system upgrades.
 The Block III upgrades, developed by McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, include the addition of Global Positioning System (GPS)-aided navigation and time-of-arrival control; increased computing power in the guidance system; and propulsion and warhead improvements. All missiles produced under the fiscal year 1992 contract will have the Block III upgrades.
 McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics both build Tomahawk missiles and compete for a share of the total missile production, depot and remanufacturing each fiscal year. In the eight years since McDonnell Douglas became a dual-source producer of Tomahawk, the price of the missiles has dropped by two-thirds and overall program savings have been estimated at $3.5 billion.
 McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems provides a number of other systems and services for the Tomahawk program, in addition to producing missiles. McDonnell Douglas is the systems engineering and integration agent for the Tomahawk weapon system and is the sole supplier of Tomahawk weapon control systems and operational flight software.
 McDonnell Douglas is also a major depot maintenance provider for the Tomahawk missile and has been recently awarded 65 percent of the fiscal year 1992 competitive depot award. Under this contract, McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems performs maintenance and re-certifies missiles that are returned from the fleet on a routine basis.
 McDonnell Douglas produces the Tomahawk at its Florida Missile Production facility in Titusville, Fla. No changes in the level of employment associated with the Tomahawk program are anticipated as a result of the award.
 Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missiles can be launched from surface ships or submarines. They fly at high subsonic speeds and low altitudes, striking distant land or ships targets with great accuracy as proven in Operation Desert Storm, where nearly 300 Tomahawks were launched with success rates in excess of 85 percent.
 McDonnell Douglas has been developing missiles for more than four decades and has delivered more than 100,000 guided missiles to the Department of Defense and international customers.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Co., 314-233-6232/
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