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McDONNELL DOUGLAS-LTV TEAM AND THE GENERAL DYNAMICS- McDONNELL DOUGLAS-NORTHROP TEAM EACH RECEIVE $20 MILLION CONTRACTS

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS-LTV TEAM AND THE GENERAL DYNAMICS- McDONNELL DOUGLAS-NORTHROP TEAM EACH RECEIVE $20 MILLION CONTRACTS
 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The McDonnell Douglas-LTV team and the General Dynamics-McDonnell Douglas-Northrop team each have received $20 million contracts from the U.S. Navy to develop designs for the AX aircraft, envisioned as a stealthy successor to the A-6 Intruder.
 The 10-month, cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts for concept exploration and development are two of five the Navy awarded to competing industry teams. Others went to teams led by Grumman Corp., Lockheed Corp. and Rockwell International Corp.
 In early 1993, the competing teams will submit proposals for the demonstration/validation phase of the AX program. The Navy is expected to select a single contractor team in mid-1993 for that phase, which will involve the design, manufacture and flight testing of prototype aircraft.
 The McDonnell Douglas-LTV team's AX proposal will be a new "clean sheet" design. McDonnell Douglas is prime contractor and LTV is the principal subcontractor.
 The General Dynamics-McDonnell Douglas-Northrop team is developing a design derived from the A-12. General Dynamics is the prime contractor, with McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) as the principal subcontractor and Northrop as a major subcontractor to General Dynamics.
 Work under the $20 million contract awarded to the McDonnell Douglas-LTV team will be carried out by the McDonnell Aircraft Co. unit in St. Louis and by LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. in Dallas.
 McDonnell Douglas selected LTV as principal subcontractor in July 1991 because of LTV's knowledge of aircraft carrier suitability requirements and its reputation as a high-quality, low-cost producer of complex and stealthy aircraft structures. LTV Aerospace and Defense builds large sections of the B-2 bomber and C-17 transport for the U.S. Air Force, and major subassemblies for Boeing 747, 757 and 767 airliners.
 McDonnell Aircraft produces the F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the T-45 Training System for the Navy, the F-15 Eagle for the U.S. Air Force and the AV-8B Harrier II for the Marines.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Whitney of McDonnell Aircraft Co., 314-234-0685/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Aircraft Co.; General Dynamics ST: Missouri IN: ARO SU: CON


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