WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The team of ITT Avionics, a
unit of ITT Industries' (NYSE: IIN) Defense and Electronics group, and
Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), have announced a $41.4 million
contract from Boeing (NYSE: BA) to provide the Integrated Defensive Electronic
Countermeasures (IDECM) radio frequency (RF) subsystem for the U.S. Air Force
B-1B Defensive System Upgrade Program (DSUP). The IDECM RF countermeasures
system is being developed by the team of ITT Avionics of Clifton, N.J., and
Sanders of Nashau, N.H.
The system upgrade will provide increased survivability for B-1B aircraft
against advanced missile threats, as well as significantly lower operational
and support costs. The ITT Avionics/Sanders team will serve as a major
subcontractor to Boeing which is prime contractor and systems integrator to
the U.S. Air Force. The Electronic Warfare (EW) Subsystem Integrator Team
(SSIT) includes ITT Avionics, Sanders, and Lockheed Martin Fairchild Defense
Systems (LMFDS) of Yonkers N.Y.
Under the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract, the
team will integrate the IDECM RF countermeasures suite with the ALR-56M radar
warning receiver manufactured by LMFDS. This upgraded electronics suite will
support the B-1B's new conventional munitions delivery capabilities. Delivery
of 10 EMD systems is scheduled to begin in March of 1999. The team will also
support formal flight testing, which concludes in 2002. Production is
expected to begin in 2003.
ITT Avionics and Sanders were selected in November of 1995 by the
Department of Defense for the engineering and manufacturing development phase
of the joint Navy-Air Force IDECM program. IDECM is an integrated electronic
warfare suite that will provide an onboard technique generator connected to a
towed decoy that will transmit jamming signals to divert RF missiles.
ITT Industries (http://www.ittind.com) is a leading worldwide diversified
manufacturing company, with 1996 sales of $8.4 billion dollars from its three
primary business segments: Automotive, Defense & Electronics, and Fluid
Technology. ITT Automotive is one of the largest independent suppliers of
systems and components to automotive manufacturers. ITT Defense & Electronics
is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of high technology
electronic systems and components for defense and commercial markets. ITT
Fluid Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of products,
systems and services for the movement, measurement, and control of fluids.
In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries' stock is
traded under the symbol ("IIN") on the Midwest, Pacific, London, Frankfurt and
SOURCE ITT Industries
CONTACT: Tom Martin of ITT Industries, 914-641-2157, or Rachelle
Tucci ITT Avionics 201-284-4543 (IIN LMT BA)