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Team US101 Selects Mississippi-Based Applied Geo Technologies to Supply Wiring Harnesses for Marine One Helicopter

CHOCTAW, MS, July 1st, 2004 -- The US101 team competing to offer the next Marine One helicopter for the President of the United States expanded by one today with the announcement that Applied Geo Technologies (AGT), a CHAHTA Enterprise company owned by the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians, will supply wiring harnesses for the US101 medium-lift executive aircraft.

“The Choctaw Indians are the latest addition to Team US101, a partnership of more than 200 small and medium-sized American companies in 41 states that are creating thousands of long-term jobs to build the most capable and best-equipped helicopter for the President at a time of increased threat,” said Stephen C. Moss, AgustaWestland Inc's president.

CHAHTA Enterprise is a leading supplier of wiring harnesses for the automotive industry with manufacturing facilities in Choctaw, MS and Mexico. Customers include Ford, General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler. Under this agreement, US101 team member AgustaWestland will enter AGT into a mentoring protégé program that will allow AGT to expand into the aerospace industry; AgustaWestland will also assist AGT in further developing its aerospace capability to compete successfully in both the commercial and military markets. This agreement paves the way for the creation of new employment opportunities in Choctaw, MS.

“AGT is yet another solid example of Team US101's commitment to create jobs by building, integrating and maintaining the US101 helicopter in the United States,” said Stephen D. Ramsey, Lockheed Martin’s US101 vice president and general manager.

“The Choctaw Indians have a proud heritage of faith in their country and their freedom and it's an honor for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to be part of the team that will build the US101 for the President of the United States,” said Chief Phillip Martin.

“AGT is proud to be a part of the US101 team building the most technologically-advanced medium lift helicopter in the world,” said Allen Hines, AGT's president. “The expansion of our business into the military and civil aerospace markets will create additional jobs in Mississippi.”

The three-engine US101 is based on the proven EH101 helicopter that has been in action for nearly 50,000 hours of flight time logged in missions around the world, including Bosnia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, 95 101 helicopters are in service in the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and Japan with orders in place for 51 more helicopters.

The Presidential program requires 23 helicopters. A contract award is expected at the end of 2004.

Team US101 comprising Lockheed Martin, AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter Textron was formed to develop an American variant of AgustaWestland’s successful EH101 multimission helicopter for the U.S. marketplace. Opportunities include a new Marine One fleet to fly the president of the United States, and combat search and rescue aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Team US101 collectively brings unmatched rotorcraft expertise and experience: Lockheed Martin (prime contractor and systems integration), AgustaWestlandBell (aircraft design and airframe assembly).

For additional information, visit our website: http://www.TeamUS101.com

Mike Drake, US101 Communications, Tel. 607-751-3200 or cell 607-761-3711,
e-mail mike.drake@lmco.com



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