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TEXTRON UNIT, WILLIAMS AND FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL TO ENTER COMPETITION FOR NEW MILITARY JET TRAINER

 PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- Textron's Cessna Aircraft Company subsidiary will team with Williams International and FlightSafety International to compete for the $3 billion Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS).
 The JPATS program, for the U.S. Air Force and Navy, is expected to be awarded in 1994. It calls for delivery of 764 jet trainer aircraft to the Air Force and Navy beginning in 1996. The contract includes aircraft, ground-based training systems and support.
 The Cessna~Williams~FlightSafety International team will use a derivative of Cessna's CitationJet which received its FAA certification in October and already has order backlogs extending through mid-1994. The team will compete with six other teams, all of which are entering aircraft that were designed and manufactured outside the United States.
 FlightSafety will design, produce, install and operate all of the simulators, courseware and classroom curricula for the JPATS program. The twin-engine aircraft is powered by a military version of the Williams International engine used on the Cessna CitationJet.
 James F. Hardymon, president and chief executive officer of Textron, Cessna's parent company, said, "The JPATS competition is an unanticipated bonus for Textron following our acquisition of Cessna earlier this year. Our team has the only all-American training sytem in the competition. That is especially significant at a time of increased global competitiveness and growing trade deficits."
 Russell W. Meyer, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Cessna, added another reason why the team should be considered a top competitor. He said Cessna developed the T-37, the only primary jet trainer the Air Force has ever had. Between 1954 and 1977, it built 1,272 T-37s, of which about 650 aircraft are still giving Air Force pilots their first exposure to jet flight. Over a dozen other countries use the T-37 as their primary air force trainer.
 "We think it would be appropriate if Cessna were to carry on this proud tradition by replacing the T-37 with an all-new, high technology successor," he said.
 Meyer added, "Our teaming agreement with FlightSafety, the world's premier trainer of pilots, is significant in that it will enable us to build on our strong commercial relationship of almost 20 years to produce a highly efficient and cost-effective fully integrated training system for the Air Force and Navy."
 He said virtually all of the basic development work has been completed for Cessna's JPATS entry, and the first flight of the engineering prototype is scheduled in 1993.
 Cessna, based in Wichita, Kan., is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of light and medium business jets. It also produces Caravan turboprop utility aircraft, principally for the overnight package express market.
 Textron is a multi-industry company with operations focused in three business sectors, aerospace technology, commercial products and financial services.
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 ~CONTACT: Raymond W. Caine, Jr., Textron vice president of corporate communications, 401-421-2800, or Dean H. Humphrey, Cessna vice president of public relations, 316-941-6488.
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