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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 104-98
April 30, 1998

The Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's

The Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office will announce today the award of a contract for the NMD Lead System Integrator. A news conference by Lt. Gen. Lester L. Lyles is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Pentagon Briefing Room, Room 2E781.

The LSI will be responsible for designing, developing, testing and integrating a variety of components for a limited NMD system to protect the United States from a potential ballistic missile attack in the future. If it is determined a threat exists, a limited system could be deployed by 2003. If deployed, this system will consist of ground-based interceptor missiles, space-based satellites for missile-launch detection and interceptor guidance, and a battle management, command, control and communication system.

Two firms have offered proposals for consideration: Boeing North American, and the United Missile Defense Co., a joint venture between Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and TRW.

For additional information, contact Lt. Col. Rick Lehner at (703) 604-3186.

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