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AVIATION WEEK Magazine Honors Raytheon with Two Program Excellence Awards

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIATION WEEK magazine recognized two Raytheon Company programs, the Miniature Air Launched Decoy and Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, for achievements in 2008.

Raytheon Missile Systems won the Sub-System Research and Development/System Design and Development Phase category for MALD™. Raytheon Network Centric Systems won the System Production/Sustainment category for AFATDS.

Aviation Week awards programs that excel based on complexity, value creation, operational and organizational performance, and the basic metrics of requirements, cost and schedule. Raytheon was a finalist among 22 nominees.

"This award was the result of the close partnership among the U.S. Air Force, Raytheon suppliers and the incredible MALD program employees," said Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD program director. "The hard work and dedication of this team is truly phenomenal."

MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost, air-launched, programmable craft that weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles).

"The AVIATION WEEK award is a testament to the incredible capability AFATDS brings to the men and women serving our great country," said Steve Bohan, AFATDS program manager. "The outstanding capabilities of the entire engineering and support team and the cohesive customer-Raytheon team were major factors in the program's success."

AFATDS is an integrated support command and control system that processes fire control missions and other related information. It coordinates and optimizes fire support assets such as mortars, field artillery, cannons, missiles, attack helicopters, air support and naval gunfire.

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.

    Mike Nachshen                                  MB Hodgkiss
    520.794.4008                                   508.490.2607
    Michael_nachshen@raytheon.com                  mb@raytheon.com

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