Eaton wins contract to improve performance of Army's multiple launch rocket system


CLEVELAND, OHIO…Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced that it has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control - Dallas for an enhanced digitally controlled hydraulic system to improve the load, launch and reload response time of the Army's multiple launch rocket system (MLRS).

The five-year pricing agreement totals $30 million for Eaton Aerospace and includes a firm contract for the first year to begin retrofitting 300 vehicles currently in the U.S. Army inventory. This is the first phase of a potential retrofit of more than 400 vehicles in the U.S. Army inventory and 300 FMS units worldwide.

Each new Improved Launcher Mechanical System (ILMS) consists of four integrated components. These include a 3000 psi hydraulic power supply pump, an integrated reservoir package and two digitally controlled hydraulic motors to power the azimuth drive unit and the elevation transmission. The benefits of the systems' operational effectiveness include an 83% reduction in time to aim, a 38% reduction in mechanical reload time and an expected 23% reduction in operations and support costs.

Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer said, "This is a significant contract for our aerospace business and supports our belief that continuing to advance our core technology bases through aggressive research and development efforts can generate long-term rewards for Eaton."

The development of the Vickers® unique digitally controlled hydraulic motor was the critical design element that convinced the Army that improved performance and capability was possible with this fielded launch system. In addition, this technology was recognized in 1999 when it won the Design News magazine Product of the Year award for the fluid power category.

Eaton Aerospace is a leader in hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; electric motors; aircraft flap and slat systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load management systems; pressure sensors and fluid debris monitoring products and systems. Eaton Aerospace serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

With 1999 sales of $8.4 billion, Eaton is a global diversified industrial manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, aerospace and semiconductor markets. Principal products include hydraulic products and fluid connectors, electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company has 64,000 employees and 200 manufacturing sites in 24 countries.



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