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Raytheon team tests new global capability to help improve U.S. Army readiness

DULLES, Va., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and its partner team along with the U.S. Army are testing a new training instrumentation system that helps enable and improve home station training by blending live, virtual and constructive training domains across widely dispersed geographic locations.

This new capability, called the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability Instrumentation System (JPMRC – IS), consists of an integrated system of deployable shelters, communications hardware and software that is used to train Army units based on a high fidelity exercise against a thinking opponent.

"This new system gives us opportunities to maintain readiness in ways that provide great flexibility while maximizing scarce training resources," said Bob Williams, Raytheon Global Training Solutions vice president.  "We recently completed a rehearsal with the JPMRC-IS involving more than 400 Soldiers across several Hawaiian islands, and it felt and worked exactly like a full rotation at one of our Combat Training Centers."

The JPMRC – IS can be easily transported, is capable of continuous, 24-hour a day operation for weeks at a time, and can extend the training battlespace across physical boundaries by linking units, sites and trainers in real time.  The instrumentation system collects and stores specific, scenario-focused information on performance, then aids the exercise controllers in monitoring the exercise, analyzing the performance data, and preparing and presenting detailed performance feedback to the exercise units.  The exercise participants obtain direct feedback on how they executed their missions, and lessons learned on how to improve performance.

Raytheon will test the JPMRC – IS this month during a multi-unit exercise in Hawaii called Lightning Forge.  This Initial Operating Capability event will demonstrate the ability to perform distributed operations as part of a two-battalion exercise on Oahu and the island of Hawaii.

Raytheon leads the Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), a team of more than 150 partner companies that provides training support to the U.S. Army around the world on the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) contract.  Through Warfighter FOCUS, Raytheon and the WTA have helped save the U.S. Army more than $300 million in maintaining more than 240,000 training aids, devices and simulators.   The WTA also helps train U.S. Army soldiers, allied and coalition partners around the world. Click here to learn more about the Raytheon-led Warfighter FOCUS program.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 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 cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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