Westinghouse studies impact of Navy decision

December 17, 1992|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer

The local Westinghouse Electric Corp. division yesterday said that it was still seeking to determine what impact the Navy's decision to cancel production of the Airborne Self Protection Jammer system would have on its Linthicum complex.

Jack Martin, a spokesman for the Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group, said it was too soon to say what impact, if any, the contract cancellation would have on employment.

The multibillion-dollar system, commonly referred to as ASPJ, was being developed to protect U.S. fighter planes by confusing enemy radar signals seeking the aircraft. In canceling the program, the Navy said Tuesday that the jammer system never passed flight tests.

In a statement released yesterday evening, the company said that in light of the Navy's announced, "We are currently assessing the potential impact on Westinghouse's BWI airport area operations."

Further, Westinghouse said: "We are puzzled since less than one month ago, the Navy's own Research, Development and Acquisition organization concluded that the ASPJ had performed virtually flawlessly during operational evaluation tests conducted earlier this year."

Westinghouse said it halted all work on the system as of Tuesday. ITT Corp. also shared in the production of the ASPJ system.

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