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TEAM APACHE WINS COVETED DAEDALIAN WEAPON SYSTEM AWARD

 TEAM APACHE WINS COVETED DAEDALIAN WEAPON SYSTEM AWARD
 MESA, Ariz., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army/McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) AH-64A Apache Team has received the 1991 Daedalian Weapon System Award for the Apache's outstanding performance during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
 This is the third time the Apache Team has received the coveted award, which is presented by the Daedalians, The National Fraternity of Military Pilots. The Apache Team was honored in 1982 for "design, development and initial production" of the AH-64 Apache multimission combat helicopter, and in 1985, when the Apache Combat Mission Simulator received the award.
 The award, presented Saturday at a special ceremony in Sacramento, Calif., was given to Col. Samuel L. DeLoach, the U.S. Army's Apache program manager, by Joseph P. Cribbins, who represented the Department of the Army.
 The Apache team was selected over several outstanding Department of Defense weapon systems, including the Patriot missile.
 The Daedalian Award is presented annually to the one military service to recognize those who "have made a major contribution in the development of the most outstanding weapon system currently utilized in that service."
 In nominating the AH-64 for the Daedalian Award, the Army noted, "The AH-64 Apache was singularly outstanding in its performance as a weapon system during Operation Desert Storm."
 According to the Army, the Apache's success as the Army's premier tank killer and the highly successful first night's raid on Iraqi air defenses, which opened the air war, are only a few of the Apache's accomplishments. The Apache also was directly linked to the capture of about 4,100 prisoners of war.
 The Army said the Apache was "an integral member of the Combined Arms Team," noting that Apache battalions conducted a wide range of missions, including: security, armed and counter reconnaissance, deep operations, Joint Air Attack Team operations, joint suppression of enemy air defense operations, pursuit and exploitation.
 During Operation Desert Storm, 14 battalions with 288 aircraft deployed to the Persian Gulf. During their time in Southwest Asia, the Apaches flew more than 18,700 hours and maintained a readiness rate average of more than 86 percent in one of the harshest environments on earth.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., 602-891-5519/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. ST: Arizona IN: ARO SU:


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