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Raytheon Awarded $29 Million Contract for Airborne Low Frequency Sonar

    TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 15, 2004  /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:
RTN) has been awarded a $29.7 million contract to provide 10 AN/AQS-22
Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) systems for the U.S. Navy's MH60R multi-
mission helicopter.

    ALFS is the primary undersea warfare sensor for the MH60R, providing
mission critical capabilities, including submarine detection, tracking,
localization, classification, acoustic intercept, underwater communication and
environmental data collection.

    "The advanced technology of ALFS provides the U.S. Navy with the features
and capabilities needed to identify and counter undersea threats within the
multi-mission environment," said Dan Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated
Defense Systems.  "Award of this contract demonstrates our customer's
confidence in the capabilities that we provide to support the needs and
requirements of the undersea warfare mission."

    Under the contract, Raytheon will provide program management, systems
engineering, configuration management, and materials procurement for the
manufacture, test and integration of the sonar systems, as well as sustaining
and integrated logistics support.  This contract follows the completion of an
earlier low rate initial production contract under which Raytheon produced and
delivered four ALFS systems well ahead of schedule.

    Work will be performed at Raytheon's Naval Integration Center in
Portsmouth, R.I.

    Based in Tewksbury, Mass., Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader
in mission systems integration. With a strong international and domestic
customer base, including the U.S. armed forces and U.S. Missile Defense
Agency, IDS provides integrated capability solutions to the air, surface, and
subsurface battlespace.

    Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader
in defense and government electronics, space, information technology,
technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.  With
headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.

  Contact:
   Guy Shields
   978.858.5246


SOURCE: Raytheon Company



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