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Comptek Research Inc., a West Seneca defense contractor, has won a Navy contract valued at up to $28.7 million over the next two years to provide engineering and technical services for the military's electronic warfare mission.

Although the actual work will be done out of Comptek's California offices, President John J. Sciuto said the contract will help to retain 60 support service personnel who work out of the local headquarters.

"Our entire support staff is based here, so this contract certainly has a positive impact on our local operations," Sciuto said Friday.

Comptek, a domestic and international supplier of technically advanced electronics and data communication systems, has done previous work for the Navy's Electronic Combat Mission Support (ECMS) program. For the fiscal year that ended in March, the ECMS program represented $17 million in sales for the company.

Over the past three years, Comptek has embarked on an aggressive plan to grow its military electronics business. Company officials have recognized that the market for major defense contracts has shrunk in recent years. However, manufacturers of defense-related electronics systems have been able to carve out new revenue streams as the military upgrades electronic intelligence systems, simulation and logistics systems.

Sciuto said the new contract will see Comptek supply software support activity for electronic warfare systems that are installed on Navy aircraft. The planes are serviced at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at Point Mugu, Calif.

Under the new contract, Comptek engineers will provide an array of services between now and August of 2000. The company will also serve as the prime contractor, managing seven subcontractors. The team of subcontractors consists of GDE Systems; Litton Systems Inc.; Lockheed Technical Operations Co.; Raytheon Co.; Techmatics Inc.; Tracor Aerospace Inc., and Tracor Systems Technology.

The new agreement is structured as a cost-plus-fixed-fee.

Comptek employs 960 people across the nation and has annual sales of about $200 million.

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