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TAIWAN TO PURCHASE McDONNELL DOUGLAS MAST MOUNTED SIGHT

 TAIWAN TO PURCHASE McDONNELL DOUGLAS MAST MOUNTED SIGHT
 McLEAN, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD)


announced today that the Republic of China (ROC) will purchase 26 Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) electro-optical sensor systems through foreign military sales.
 Through an agreement with the U.S. Army to purchase 26 OH-58D helicopters, the ROC has authorized procurement of 12 MMS units, plus spares, to be integrated on the helicopters. Funding for the additional 14 units is expected to be approved later this year.
 Mounted above the rotor on helicopters or on board naval vessels, the MMS is one of the most sophisticated multi-sensor systems available today. It provides users with unparalleled capabilities for target acquisition, reconnaissance, mine detection, friend-or-foe identification, gunfire control and rescue operations.
 The Mast Mounted Sight's unique combination of television and thermal-imaging sensors provides detection and recognition capabilities at day, night or in adverse weather. The laser rangefinder/designator provides precise target designation for laser-guided weapons. Those sensors are mounted on a revolutionary "soft mount" stabilization system to counteract rotor vibration and pitch, yaw and roll motion.
 The MMS will be produced by McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Co. in Monrovia, Calif., and supplied to Bell Helicopter Textron via the U.S. Army for integration on the OH-58D.
 The agreement with the ROC marks the first international sale of the OH-58D/MMS helicopter system. However, two naval MMS units were procured by the Royal Australian Navy, one of which was deployed in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm.
 Since 1985, McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems has provided electro-optical sighting capability to the U.S. Army as part of the OH-58D Army Helicopter Improvement Program (AHIP). During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, AHIP helicopters proved highly effective and reliable for observation, targeting for field artillery and scouting for Apache and Cobra helicopters. Mast Mounted Sights serving aboard U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf were invaluable in detecting mines, identifying ships and navigating at night.
 Additional army and navy applications for the MMS offer the potential for future sales of 40-60 MMS units to the ROC.
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 /CONTACT: Karolyn Wolf of McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Co., 703-883-3825/
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