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Raytheon-Boeing Team Tests Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Form-Factored Integrated Seeker

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) completed a series of captive carry flight tests of a form-factored tri-mode seeker for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile competition.

"The test series demonstrated that Raytheon's form-factored tri-mode seeker and guidance electronics units are ready to enter prototype missile builds in preparation for guided missile firings early next year," said Bob Francois, Raytheon's vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. "The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM system will give warfighters a capability they have asked for and do not have. JAGM is an affordable, all-weather weapon capable of defeating a variety of targets from fixed- and rotary-wing platforms."

JAGM will reduce the U.S. military's logistics footprint by replacing three legacy missiles currently in the U.S. Army's, Navy's and Marine Corps' inventories.

Along with Boeing's proven airframe, JAGM features Raytheon's tri-mode seeker. Raytheon's next-generation tri-mode seeker leverages technology used on the Small Diameter Bomb II and the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System's improved Precision Attack Missile.

"Boeing's proficiency integrating weapons on platforms like the Super Hornet and AH-64D Apache Longbow, combined with Raytheon's seeker expertise, makes our JAGM system the low-risk and cost-effective solution," said Carl Avila, Boeing's director of Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems.

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 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 73,000 people worldwide.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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