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Tuesday January 30, 2001

Cubic Defense Systems Delivers Additional Helicopter Warning Units to U.S. Navy

SAN DIEGO, Calif, USA ( Cubic Press Release ) - Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Corp., is equipping U.S. Navy helicopters with its second-generation warning system designed to prevent helicopter accidents.

Cubic has just begun delivery on its second $2.5 million U.S. Naval Air Systems Command order for 94 Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) units. The units are being installed on U.S. Navy H-53 and CH-46 helicopters.

The system warns pilots of impending accidents caused by ``controlled flight into terrain,'' a category of aviation accidents where a pilot unintentionally flies into the ground or water with a fully operational aircraft.

``The U.S. Navy's success with Cubic's second-generation GPWS has raised the awareness of this sophisticated warning system technology, expanding the international market potential,'' said Bruce Roberts, president, Cubic Defense Systems. ``We believe the system, particularly with its recent upgrades, may also encourage the U.S. Air Force and Army to consider the system for their helicopter fleets.''

The GPWS units are being installed on the Navy's H-53 and CH-46 Echo helicopters. So far, Cubic has delivered 43 of a total 194 units to be delivered to the Navy over the next 2 years. The Navy recently exercised an option for 94 additional units, signing a new three-year contract with Cubic.

GPWS is an air safety system that Cubic developed for military aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters. In addition to installing the system on U.S. Navy helicopters, Cubic has delivered GPWS units to Royal Canadian Air Force for its C-130 cargo aircraft.

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