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Raytheon Systems Excel as LPD 20 Passes US Navy Acceptance Trials

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Aug. 27, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced satisfactory system performance onboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20) as it completed its acceptance trials.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) is the total ship electronics systems integrator for the LPD 17 class of amphibious transport dock ships.

The trials, which were held at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding facilities in New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrated the performance and capabilities of Raytheon systems integrated onboard, including ship control and navigation, engineering control, voice and video communications, magnetic signature control systems, and the Shipboard Wide Area Network.

"The completion of these acceptance trials continues our legacy of reliability and proven performance as the Mission Systems Integrator for LPD 17 and our other Navy programs," said Robert Martin, IDS vice president and deputy of Seapower Capability Systems. "This milestone is a critical step toward delivering the advanced capabilities of the LPD 17 class to the Navy and our warfighters."

The acceptance trials, conducted by the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, represent the final construction milestone prior to ship delivery. The assessment consists of in-port and at-sea system testing and is conducted to demonstrate vessel performance and seaworthiness to the Navy.

The USS Green Bay is the fourth ship of the advanced LPD 17 class of amphibious transport dock ships. They provide the Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group with the technology and flexibility to launch and recover amphibious landing craft, such as the Landing Craft Air Cushion, operate an array of rotary-wing aircraft, as well as transport and launch the U.S. Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. The LPD 17 class, built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, will replace the functions of the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships.

In addition to its role as the total ship electronics systems integrator for LPD 17, IDS is the prime contractor for life-cycle engineering and support of Raytheon-designed and developed equipment aboard the ship. Raytheon's work on the LPD 17 program is performed at the Expeditionary Warfare Center, San Diego, Calif.; Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.; and by Raytheon Technical Services Company in New Orleans and San Diego.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

  Carolyn Beaudry

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Carolyn Beaudry of Raytheon Company, +1-401-842-3550

Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/

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