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THIOKOL GETS CONTRACT FOR MINUTEMAN MISSILES

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Thiokol has won an $84.3 million contract for developing updated propulsion systems for the Minuteman III missile, Utah's mem-bers of Congress announced Tuesday.

Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, said the contract calls for work on six first-stage qualification motors, six change-verification motors, one aging-and-surveillance motor and one flight-test motor.The work is to be completed at Thiokol's plant near Brig-ham City.

Hansen said, "The Minuteman III is going to be the only intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the U.S. inventory in the years to come. The Air Force's program . . . is necessary to update these motors and the missile's navigation systems to make them more accurate and reliable."

Hansen added, "As the original manufacturer, Thiokol is recognized by the Air Force as having the technical ability to take on this work, which is so crucial for the future national security of America."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the contract is good news for Utah's economy for several reasons.