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ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL TO PRODUCE INFRARED DETECTOR ARRAYS FOR FOLLOW-ON EARLY WARNING SYSTEM (FEWS)

 ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL TO PRODUCE INFRARED DETECTOR
 ARRAYS FOR FOLLOW-ON EARLY WARNING SYSTEM (FEWS)
 ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corp. (NYSE: ROK) has been selected by Grumman Space & Electronics Group of Irvine, Calif., to produce infrared detector arrays for the Follow-On Early Warning System (FEWS). The value of the contract was not announced.
 FEWS is a U.S. Air Force effort intended to replace the Defense Support Program (DSP), which has provided a capability for early warning of ballistic missile launches for more than 20 years. FEWS will provide more accurate and reliable global surveillance for early threat warning and attack assessment.
 Rockwell's Electro-Optical Center, a part of the company's Defense Electronics organization based in Anaheim, will produce the detector arrays under a 14-month demonstration/validation contract.
 "The specific objectives of the FEWS tasks are to demonstrate improved performance, producibility and throughput of the detector arrays and submodule configurations prior to the Technology Producibility Assessment Review, which is scheduled for July 1993," said Dr. Mike Andrews, director of the Electro-Optical Center. "Our primary goal will be to mitigate cost, schedule and technical risk in preparation for the EMD (Engineering & Manufacturing Development) phase," he added. EMD contractor downselect is scheduled for Summer 1994.
 Rockwell's Electro-Optical Center will fabricate medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) and short wavelength infrared (SWIR) hybridized submodules.
 The Electro-Optical Center is a corporate and national resource for focal plane assemblies. The center's mercury cadmium telluride and extrinsic silicon focal plane production lines provide ultraclean processing of rugged, large diameter wafers. The line includes hybrid and Dewar/cooler focal-plane-array/electronics assembly operations and automated cryogenic testing from the wafer level through final modular assemblies.
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Rodriguez of Rockwell International, 714-762-4195/
 (ROK) CO: Rockwell International Corp.; Grumman Space & Electronics Group ST: California IN: ARO SU: CON


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