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The Boeing Company Awards Harris Corporation $1.3 Million Avionics Contract for the AH-64D Apache Helicopter.

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MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2001

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a world leader in high-capacity avionics networks and digital moving maps for military aircraft, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.3 million contract by The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, to provide the cockpit Memory Transfer and Storage Unit (MTSU) for the U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. The MTSU provides on-board, pilot-accessible, mass memory for the aircraft's avionics systems and mission computers.

"We are delighted that Boeing selected the RAH-66 Comanche MTSU built by Harris for the Apache Longbow," said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "The U.S. Army and Boeing are clearly committed to avionics commonality between platforms, and commonality between these two essential elements of Army aviation is critical to reducing the overall life-cycle costs of fielding current and next-generation helicopters. Harris is also very proud of its standing as one of only a dozen or so companies worldwide to be awarded Gold-level Preferred Supplier Certified (PSC) status by Boeing for maintaining stringent quality and delivery standards on all our programs."

The Harris MTSU is a solid-state data storage device that incorporates commercial Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) memory cards that can be easily installed and retrieved from the MTSU on a mission-by-mission basis. The MTSU is capable of accessing 4 gigabytes of data, taking advantage of the increased speed and memory density provided by commercial memory cards.

The AH-64D Apache Longbow is the newest version of the combat-proven AH-64A Apache, and a candidate to fulfill the attack helicopter and reconnaissance requirements of several armed forces worldwide. The Apache Longbow is the only combat helicopter in service with the ability to rapidly detect, classify, prioritize and engage stationary or moving enemy targets at standoff ranges in nearly all weather environments. Boeing has announced a commitment to deliver an additional 1,000 Apaches over the next decade.

The Apache Longbow's advanced communications and combat capabilities give commanders the ability to more effectively manage the 21st-century battlefield. Through the integration of the Longbow fire control radar, advanced Hellfire missiles and an advanced avionics suite, the Apache Longbow gives combat pilots an unmatched advantage over enemy threats.

Harris GCSD conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces state-of-the-art airborne, spaceborne, and terrestrial communications and information processing systems for military and government agencies, their prime contractors, and the company's commercial businesses, as well as to select commercial organizations worldwide.

Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system and service solutions that take its customers to the next level. The company provides a wide range of products and services for wireless, broadcast, network support, and government markets. The company has sales and service facilities in nearly 90 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at
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