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SMALL FIRMS GET COMPETITIVENESS BOOST FROM McDONNELL DOUGLAS THROUGH NAVY'S F/A-18E/F DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has kicked off two mentor-protege relationships with minority-owned businesses in recent months.
 In two separate kickoff ceremonies, executives from St. Louis-based McDonnell Douglas Aerospace visited Condor Reliability Services Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., on Oct. 21, and Manufacturing Technologies Inc., (MTI) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Aug. 10 to jointly define each company's plan of action under the Mentor-Protege Pilot Program.
 The program is a federal initiative under which major Department of Defense contractors provide developmental assistance to enterprises, such as Condor and MTI, that qualify as small disadvantaged businesses.
 Currently, Condor is under contract to rescreen parts for McDonnell Douglas' F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter, which is flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the air forces of four other nations. It also holds a contract to test electronic components for the F/A-18E/F, a structural and engine upgrade to the current Navy and Marine Corps F/A- 18 night strike 'C' and 'D' models.
 Condor specializes in assembling military-grade circuit cards and testing electronic components for military and space environmental requirements. It also provides destructive physical analysis of sophisticated electronic components such as those used on McDonnell Douglas' Tomahawk missile.
 MTI, meanwhile, recently won a $4.1 million subcontract from McDonnell Douglas to develop the F/A-18E/F's pressure transmitter set, which relays critical atmospheric information to the aircraft's flight control computer.
 MTI -- the U.S. government's National Small Business Contractor of the Year in 1991 and recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator's Award for Excellence -- has worked on several other subcontracts for McDonnell Douglas. Because of its record of delivering quality products on time, MTI holds a silver-level certification under McDonnell Douglas' Preferred Supplier Certification program.
 Both mentor-protege agreements run for three years and were arranged through the U.S. Navy Department's F/A-18E/F development program. The objective is to improve the smaller companies' competitiveness even in a declining defense environment.
 For example, F/A-18 prime contractor McDonnell Douglas is coaching MTI with technical assistance and quality training that will enable the smaller company to add to its product line. And McDonnell Douglas is helping Condor expand its capabilities to screen both individual components and integrated circuits, which will increase the smaller company's through-put and capacity to test a new generation of electronic components.
 Unique to the Condor mentor-protege agreement, Kaiser Electronics of San Jose -- a major subcontractor on the F/A-18 program and one of only around 40 companies to have achieved the silver level of McDonnell Douglas' Preferred Supplier Certification program -- also will support McDonnell Douglas in the mentoring process by helping Condor develop its software quality testing capabilities.
 The F/A-18E/F is being developed by the nationwide Hornet industry team, which is led by McDonnell Douglas; principal subcontractor Northrop of Hawthorne, Calif.; General Electric, which manufactures engines for the Hornet at its plant in Lynn, Mass.; and radar contractor Hughes Aircraft of El Segundo, Calif.
 The F/A-18E/F engineering and manufacturing development contract calls for the manufacture and testing of seven flight test aircraft and three ground test articles. First flight will be in late 1995, with the aircraft scheduled to enter operational service around the year 2000.
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 /CONTACT: Jo Anne Davis of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-234-4187/


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