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Hughes wins F-22 pilot training contract

HUGHES TRAINING has been selected to supply pilot-training devices for the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 fighter. Hughes was the only bidder for the contract, after potential rival Loral was acquired by Lockheed Martin.

Boeing has awarded Hughes a $28 million contract to supply a suite of training devices by January 2001, including full-mission, weapons-tactics and egress-procedures trainers. Follow-on contracts are expected to cover 33 full-mission, 41 weapons-tactics and ten egress-procedures trainers for delivery from 2002 to 2011.

The US Defense Acquisition Board has also approved a memorandum of agreement signed by the US Air Force and the F-22 contractor team, under which the fighter's production cost will be reduced to offset cost-growth factors.

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