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McPHERSON TO BE NAMED HEAD OF HUGHES, GD MISSILE TRANSITION TEAM

McPHERSON TO BE NAMED HEAD OF HUGHES, GD MISSILE TRANSITION TEAM
 LOS ANGELES, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Aircraft Co. announced today that David L. McPherson of General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) will be named to head the team integrating the companies' missile operations after Hughes' acquisition of the GD missile divisions is closed.
 Hughes on May 11 announced that it would acquire General Dynamics' missile operations for a minimum $450 million in General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH), which provides holders with financial returns based on the performance of GM Hughes Electronics (GMHE). Los Angeles-based Hughes is a subsidiary of GMHE.
 McPherson, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics' Air Defense Systems Division in Pomona, Calif., will become a Hughes vice president when the acquisition, which is still pending government review and approval, is complete.
 Both McPherson and Edwin L. Biggers, Hughes vice president and assistant sector executive of the company's new Missile Systems Sector, will report to Michael T. Smith, Hughes vice chairman and president of the Missile Systems Sector. Biggers is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the missile business.
 During the consolidation of the two organizations, the transition team will focus on such issues as facilities, human resources, technology, manufacturing and employee communications.
 The acquisition will enhance Hughes' ability to be competitive in a wide range of military missile systems, both domestically and abroad, and is a major step in achieving a more cost-effective defense industry. This outcome will result from the consolidation of the missile operations of both companies.
 Hughes manufactures the Phoenix air-to-air missile, the Maverick air-to-ground missile, the TOW anti-tank missile and the AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missile. Hughes has 7,300 employees at its missile facilities in Canoga Park, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; La Grange, Ga.; and Eufaula, Ala.
 The acquisition will include GD's Air Defense Systems Division, whose primary manufacturing facilities are in Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and the Unmanned Strike Systems portion of the Convair Division, whose primary plants are in San Diego and Sycamore Canyon, Calif. General Dynamics will retain ownership of the Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego and Sycamore Canyon facilities and will lease them to Hughes.
 The business units being acquired have about 9,000 employees. Major programs include the Standard shipboard surface-to-air missile, the Stinger man-portable anti-aircraft missile, the Tomahawk sea- launched cruise missile, Advanced Cruise Missile, Sparrow missile and the Phalanx shipboard anti-missile gun and Rolling Airframe Missile ship self-defense system.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Dore of Hughes Aircraft, 310-568-6324/
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