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TRACOR BEGINS PRODUCING COUNTERMEASURES DISPENSER SYSTEMS FOR U.S. AIR FORCE

 AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Tracor Aerospace has received full authorization from the U.S. Air Force to produce more than 330 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System used to protect military aircraft and personnel when operating in sophisticated missile threat environments. Valued at more than $22 million, this is the first of four annual production lots to be awarded under this contract, which has a total estimated value of more than $100 million.
 This order from the AN/ALE-47 Joint Program Office follows the successful completion of the F-16 operational test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Tracor received the go-ahead to begin procuring materials for this order in November 1992.
 Six domestic and international military organizations have now placed orders for more than 500 ALE-47 systems, which have been under development by Tracor since 1988 in response to current and future military operational needs.
 The system is capable of automatically dispensing chaff, flares, active radio-frequency decoys, and other decoys to protect against anti- aircraft threat systems. Initial systems will be delivered beginning in October 1993 for installation of F-16s, C-130s, helicopters, and other international aircraft.
 "This product line has been an important part of Tracor's core business for more than 30 years," said George R. Melton, Tracor Aerospace president. "We are pleased to provide this vital, cost- effective dispenser system to enhance aircraft survivability."
 The AN/ALE-47 was designed to replace existing U.S. Navy AN/ALE-39 and Air Force AN/ALE-40 systems.
 Melton said this versatility has enabled the Air Force, Army, and Navy to develop plans for installing the ALE-47 system in new aircraft, as well as retrofitting the system into existing aircraft and helicopters.
 "In addition to enhanced aircraft protection, the highly reliable ALE-47 can be purchased for the savings in maintenance cost of an older system," Melton said. "For these reasons, the ALE-47 is expected to replace a substantial portion of the existing countermeasures dispenser systems in the field."
 Tracor Aerospace is a subsidiary of Tracor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTRR), which provides a broad range of technological products, systems, and services for diverse U.S. government, international, and commercial markets. In addition to advanced countermeasures and other electronic systems, the company is a major management and technical support contractor in communications, sonar, and other areas, and a comprehensive source for flight testing, specialized aircrew training, and aircraft modification services.
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 /CONTACT: Marian Kelley of Tracor, Inc., 512-929-2273/
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