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Raytheon Kill Vehicle and Radars Key to Ballistic Missile Intercept

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company components played key roles in the destruction of a ballistic missile target during the latest flight test of the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. This was the eighth intercept for the GMD system.

During the Dec. 5 test, a Raytheon-built Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle intercepted a ballistic missile target in space over the eastern Pacific Ocean. While communicating with ground sensors, the EKV detected, tracked and discriminated the target.

"This highly successful test of the GMD system once again demonstrates Raytheon's commitment to performance and reliability," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "We continue to prove the maturity of our kill vehicle technology and our ability to provide this critical capability to the nation."

While in flight, the EKV calibrated its own position using the stars. The EKV then selected an aimpoint and maneuvered for a direct hit, intercepting the target at a closing velocity of more than 18,000 miles per hour.

The target was launched from Kodiak, Alaska, and the interceptor was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

In the first demonstration of GMD integrated performance, Raytheon's AN/TPY-2 X-Band Radar acquired the target shortly after lift off. Operating in forward-based mode from Juneau, Alaska, the radar provided track updates to MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Raytheon's Upgraded Early Warning Radar, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., tracked the target during its flight downrange. Raytheon's X-Band Radar, deployed aboard the Sea-based X-band radar, actively participated by tracking, discriminating and assessing the target.

"The UEWR, SBX and AN/TPY-2 performed as expected, demonstrating their missile defense capabilities," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National and Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "This test confirms all three radars' ability to provide integrated information to the BMDS in support of an intercept."

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

Note to Editors:

    Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle hit-to-kill successes:

    Oct. 2, 1999
    July 13, 2001
    Dec. 3, 2001
    March 15, 2002
    Oct. 14, 2002
    Sept. 1, 2006
    Sept. 28, 2007
    Dec. 5, 2008

    Contacts:
    For EKV:                               For UEWR/SBX/AN-TPY-2:
    John Patterson                         Maureen Heard
    520.794.4559                           339.645.6664
    john_b_patterson@raytheon.com          maureen_p_heard@raytheon.com

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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