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WSR-88D PROGRAM SMOOTHLY ENTERS FULL SCALE PRODUCTION PHASE

 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The new nationwide network of WSR-88D advanced Doppler weather radars has entered full scale production, with delivery and acceptance of the first five full scale production radars, according to Paramax Systems Corporation, developer and producer of the radars. Paramax made the announcement at the American Meteorological Society trade show here.
 By late 1992, all 10 limited phase production WSR-88D systems had been accepted by the U.S. government for use by the Department of Commerce (National Weather Service) and Department of Defense (Air Force Air Weather Service). By the end of December, the five full scale production radars had also been accepted. Those radars include systems at Bannister, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Goodland, Kan.; Pleasant Hill, Mo. (just outside Kansas City); and Griffiss Air Force Base in upstate New York.
 The next systems scheduled for delivery during January, February or March include Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Amarillo, Texas; East Alabama, Ala.; and Little Rock, Ark. The Guam system, one of the limited phase production radars, was completed on schedule despite the island being hit by four typhoons during the construction period.
 Also scheduled for delivery in the first half of 1993 is a radar system for the Miami area. The old National Weather Service radar, located at Coral Gables, Fla., was destroyed when Hurricane Andrew scored a direct hit on the weather service office in August 1992. The Miami area had originally been scheduled to receive a WSR-88D in June 1994, but because the old radar was destroyed, the Miami WSR-88D installation was moved up to provide coverage of the area in time for the 1993 hurricane season. During Hurricane Andrew, the WSR-88D in Melbourne, Fla., almost 200 miles away, was able to maintain a track on the storm for forecasters at the National Hurricane Center and National Meteorological Center in Maryland.
 Paramax is steadily increasing the production rate, and will reach a maximum of four systems per month by June of this year. That rate will be maintained until all systems are installed in 1996. Up to 175 WSR-88D radar systems may be installed in the U.S. and selected overseas locations under the current contract.
 The WSR-88D system has already been shown to provide a significant improvement in weather forecasting. Statistics collected from three of the first limited rate production systems indicate that forecasts of severe storms have doubled in accuracy, and the number of false alarms have been halved. In Norman, Okla., where forecasters have the most experience with Doppler radar (and the WSR- 88D specifically), the probability of detection of severe storms is in the mid to high 90-percent range.
 Paramax is now working on an improvement program that will be incorporated into the production systems, beginning with the 33rd WSR-88D system, scheduled to begin operation in Pittsburgh, in August 1993. All of the Concurrent Computer Corporation 3200 series multiple board processors used in the WSR-88D will be replaced with Concurrent Corporation's MicroFive system, providing an increase in computing power and memory capacity and simplifying logistics, since the MicroFive is a single board processor.
 Paramax has also developed a VME bus configuration that drastically reduces the number of printed circuit boards used for communications, which will be installed along with the MicroFive upgrade. This configuration will be retrofitted over the next one to two years into the first 32 systems fielded prior to the change. The company is also working on developing redundant configurations of the system for use by the National Weather Service and FAA.
 Paramax Systems Corporation, headquartered in McLean, is a $2 billion information systems company with 16,000 employees. A subsidiary of Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, Pa., Paramax is an experienced leader in providing advanced integrated systems, electronic products and related professional services for civil and defense agencies in the United States, Canada and nations worldwide.
 Unisys Corporation is a leading information systems company with 60,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company is a leading manufacturer of commercial information systems, defense systems and related services.
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 /CONTACT: Laura N. Overstreet, 703-847-3375, or Pat Schoppmeyer, 516-574-1404, both of Paramax Systems Corporation/
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