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RAYTHEON SAYS BEECH JPATS PROGRAM PROGRESSING

 RAYTHEON SAYS BEECH JPATS PROGRAM PROGRESSING
 LEXINGTON, Mass., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company


(NYSE: RTN) said today that two of its Beech Aircraft PC-9 demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Military Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) competition have logged more than 500 flight hours since their 1990 arrival from Pilatus Aircraft Limited.
 An engineering test-bed article, devoted to demonstrating missionization enhancements, has been flown more than 200 hours, while the marketing demonstrator has logged more than 300 hours in hundreds of demonstrations to Navy and Air Force personnel.
 "Everyone who has flown the Beech JPATS airplane has been impressed with its performance," said David Riemer, director -- JPATS Program for Beech Aircraft Corporation, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan.
 "It meets all of the joint services' performance and handling requirements," he added, "and we know we can provide the airplanes required for JPATS with the most competitive life-cycle costs." Riemer's comments were made on the first day of the United States Air and Trade Show being held in Dayton, Ohio, from June 16-19.
 The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force JPATS Program calls for more than 700 new aircraft to replace aging Air Force Cessna T-37 trainers and older Navy Beech T-34 primary trainers. Beech seeks to be the prime contractor for the JPATS Program, which is valued at $3-4 billion. It is expected to be awarded in 1994 with production deliveries to begin during 1997.
 Approximately 70 percent of the PC-9 MkII, the missionized version of the PC-9 for the JPATS Program, will be built in Beech facilities in the United States, with the remainder provided by Pilatus in Switzerland. Beech's Mississippi-based subsidiary, Beech Aerospace Services, Inc., will provide the contractor logistics support.
 While the engineering test-bed and marketing demonstrator have been flying, Beech is progressing on the manufacture of two prototype Beech PC-9 MkIIs. They will be the Beech JPATS entries in the program's operational evaluation, scheduled for 1993.
 Flight tests are scheduled to begin prior to the joint services operational evaluation. Missionization of the PC-9s into MkIIs will include cockpit pressurization, 0/0 ejection seats, a bird-proof canopy, and single-point refueling.
 More than 135 PC-9s are in service throughout the world, serving principally as primary trainers. The fleet has logged more than 61,000 hours and performed more than 128,000 landings in a training environment.
 The PC-9 is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 engine generating a maximum of 1,150-shaft horsepower, flat-rated to 950-shaft horsepower. It possesses a maximum sea-level cruise speed of 271 knots true air speed and a maximum climb rate of 4,100 feet per minute. It is capable of aerobatics to include +7g to -3.5g. Its maximum range at 15,000 feet is 665 nautical miles, and it has a takeoff distance of 755 feet at sea level.
 The Beech PC-9 MkII will use an upgraded Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68 engine with 1,708-shaft horsepower, flat-rated at 1,250-shaft horsepower. The first production PT6A-68 engine has been delivered and is being installed in the engineering test-bed aircraft. Beech's PC-9 MkII will meet or exceed all mission performance characteristics of the PC-9.
 Beech began building trainers in 1940. With the venerable Beech AT-10 and more recently the Navy's Beech T-34C and the Air Force's Beech T-1A Jayhawk, Beech and Pilatus with its PC-9 have a long and successful record of economical, high-performance trainer expertise.
 Beech Aircraft is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, a diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 (NOTE TO EDITORS: A separate Raytheon press release announcing a JPATS teaming agreement between Beech Aircraft and British Aerospace is also available on PR Newswire).
 /CONTACT: Jim Gregory of Beech Aircraft, 316-676-7689, or Ed Powers of Raytheon, 617-860-2415/
 (RTN) CO: Raytheon Company ST: Massachusetts, Kansas IN: ARO SU:


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