By RICHARD F. BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 580 workers at the Letterkenny Army Depot will hang on to their jobs for at least another six months thanks to an extension of an Army contract, an aide to U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, said Friday.
The current contract calls for upgrading 914 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers, a tank-like vehicle that operates with a crew of six, said Letterkenny spokesman Alan Loessy. Under the extension, an additional 37 Paladins will be upgraded.
Shuster, R-Pa., said the Army is keeping options open for up to 72 more of the vehicles in the 1998 fiscal year budget.