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THIOKOL WINS CONTRACT TO DESTROY RUSSIAN ARMS

Utah's Thiokol - famous for making U.S. missiles - won a big contract Tuesday to help safely destroy Russian missiles and convert their fuel into useful chemicals.

Or, in a biblical manner of speaking, a swordmaker now will be producing plowshares from a former enemy's arsenal.The Defense Nuclear Agency awarded the company a $26.1 million contract to help Russia dispose of 30,000 metric tons of a liquid rocket fuel called unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine, or UDMH.

The contract calls for Thiokol to help convert it into other useful chemicals, or to otherwise dispose of it safely.

The company is to provide the Russian government with the necessary equipment, support and training to carry out the project.

Details of the contract, released by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said about 25 percent of the work will be accomplished at Thiokol's Utah Defense and Launch Vehicle Division near Brigham City - which will oversee the project and manage various sites in Russia.