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Old June 15th 04, 12:02 AM
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Default Boeing Team Wins Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Program

ST. LOUIS, June 14, 2004 * The U.S. Navy has awarded the Boeing [NYSE:
BA]-led industry team a $3.89 billion contract to build the Multi-mission
Maritime Aircraft (MMA). The total program estimated value is
approximately $15*billion over a 10-year production run.

The Boeing-led team, which includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman
[NYSE: NOC], Raytheon [NYSE: RTN], and Smiths Aerospace [LSE: SMIN.L] will
produce seven test aircraft during the programıs System Development and
Demonstration (SDD) phase. Plans call for up to 109 aircraft to be
purchased by the Navy to replace its aging fleet of 223 P-3 aircraft.

³The 737 MMA will play a critical role in the future of maritime warfare
by providing the U.S. with dominance in anti-submarine and anti-surface
warfare as well as reconnaissance and surveillance missions,² said Jim
Albaugh, president and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Integrated
Defense Systems. ³As soon as the first 737 MMA aircraft are delivered to
the Navy our nationıs naval forces will have a dramatic increase in
capability and reliability to take them well into the 21st*century.²

³For each of our team members and thousands of employees in 37 states
where the work will be performed, the selection of the Boeing team means
future jobs and economic stability,² Albaugh said. The MMA program will
employ about 1,600 people at IDS facilities in St.*Louis, Seattle and
Patuxent*River,*Md.

³The Navy looks forward to starting the MMA development effort,² said
James Lackey, MMA Deputy Program Manager. ³Working as a seamless
government and industry team, we are eager to successfully design and
develop the MMA on schedule and on cost.²

The CFM56-7 engines that will power the Boeing 737 MMA are produced by CFM
International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma Moteurs and General
Electric Company. This is the same engine that powers the Boeing 737
Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, as well as the Navyıs C-40
transport aircraft. The two CFM56-7B27A engines will each provide
27,300*pounds of takeoff thrust and support MMAıs demanding electrical
output requirements to support flight deck and mission system operations.
The CFM56-7 is one of the worldıs most reliable engines. More than 3,000
units have been delivered to date. This fleet of engines has logged more
than 30 million flight hours while maintaining an industry-leading .002
in-flight shut down rate per 1,000 flight hours. This rate translates to
one event every 500,000 flight hours.

Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector will provide
the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor, the directional infrared
countermeasures system, and the electronic support measures system.
Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector, based in Reston,*Va., will
develop data links for MMA. The company's Integrated Systems sector, based
in El*Segundo,*Calif., will support the mission planning effort.

Raytheon will provide an upgraded APS-137 Maritime Surveillance Radar and
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) solutions. Raytheon is also offering its
revolutionary GPS Anti-Jam, Integrated Friend or Foe, and Towed Decoy
Self-Protection Suites, and the aircraftıs Broadcast Info System (BIS) and
secure UHF Satcom capability.

Smiths Aerospace supplies both the Flight Management and Stores Management
systems on the Boeing 737*MMA. The Flight Management System provides a
truly integrated open architecture that is CNS/ATM compliant along with an
inherent growth path for upgrades. The Stores Management System provides a
comprehensive system for the electronic control of integrated weapons
management. This system is designed with standards to accommodate current
and future precision weapons.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is one of the
world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St.*Louis,
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27*billion business. It provides
systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial
customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the
world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of
space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S.
missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch
services.

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Harry Andreas
Engineering raconteur
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