Air Force Awards TRW $65 Million Contract for ICBM Upgrade

    RESTON, Va. and CLEARFIELD, Utah, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air
 Force recently awarded ICBM prime contractor TRW Inc. (NYSE:   TRW) a $65
 million contract to upgrade the launch command centers that control the
 Minuteman III missiles.  TRW will begin the system design and development
 phase of the ICBM Rapid Execution and Combat Targeting Service Life Extension
 Program (REACT SLEP), initially worth $54 million.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010824/TRWLOGO )
     The REACT SLEP program will upgrade command and control hardware,
 software, and support equipment, and replace aging electronic assemblies in
 the Minuteman III launch control centers.  These centers are located at the
 three Air Force wings that house the nation's fleet of ICBMs*.
     This program, along with the March award of $170 million to TRW for the
 Safety Enhanced Reentry Vehicle (SERV) program, will provide the Air Force
 with the capability to deploy an improved reentry vehicle on the Minuteman III
 missile.  As a result of the Nuclear Posture Review (the report released in
 January that lays out the direction for American nuclear forces over the next
 ten years), the SERV program will transfer Peacekeeper reentry vehicles onto
 the Minuteman III to enhance the safety and maintain reliability of the
 reentry vehicle.
     "Both REACT and SERV are vital life extension programs that will ensure
 the viability of the entire Minuteman III system through 2020," said Dr.
 Donald C. Winter, president and CEO, TRW Systems.  "Since 1997, TRW has
 continued to move the ICBM modernization program forward with several
 additions to the program designed to enhance safety and reliability of the
 overall Minuteman III system."
     Under contract to TRW, Lockheed Martin Missions Systems of Colorado
 Springs, Colo., will provide upgraded operational software, hardware component
 designs, and support equipment.   Boeing's BMC3 & Strategic Systems of
 Anaheim, Calif., will provide engineering services for system testing and
 trainer integration.
     Under its ICBM prime contract, TRW is also responsible for managing the
 Guidance Replacement Program (GRP) -- together with its teammate The Boeing
 Company -- and the Propulsion Replacement Program (PRP) -- with a joint-
 venture propulsion team of ATK Thiokol Propulsion, and Pratt & Whitney Space
 and Missile Propulsion.  GRP and PRP went into full-rate production in
 December 1999 and October 2001, respectively, and are designed to extend the
 life of the Minuteman III guidance and propulsion systems to maintain alert
 readiness status beyond the year 2020.  TRW's other ICBM responsibilities
 include the Propulsion System Rocket Engine Life Extension Program, an effort
 that will refurbish the liquid propulsion stage (4th stage) of the Minuteman
 III missile to extend its life beyond 2020; and the Minuteman Minimum
 Essential Emergency Communication Network program to upgrade launch control
 communication.
 
     Background
     Since 1954, TRW has served as systems engineering and technical advisor to
 the Air Force in managing the ICBM fleet.  In December 1997, TRW's role
 changed as it won the prime integration contract, which reflected major
 changes in the management of the fleet.  Previously, the ICBM Systems Project
 Office at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, directed a number of associate
 contractors that provided various elements of the ICBM system; TRW provided
 technical support to the SPO.  Under the new contract -- now underway for over
 4 years -- TRW is the prime contractor managing the total ICBM system and the
 integrated team of contractors.
     TRW provides advanced technology products and services for the aerospace,
 information systems and automotive markets.  The company, which celebrated its
 100th year of operations last year, had 2001 year-end sales of $16.4 billion.
 For more information, visit http://www.trw.com .
 
     *Air Force ICBM Wings:
      Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana
      Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
      F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
 
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