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Raytheon Begins Deliveries of Zumwalt Mission System Production Equipment

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company has delivered the first production equipment for the U.S. Navy's DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. The Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) planar array antenna assembly was delivered to the Navy on cost and ahead of schedule.

"The delivery of the first production equipment for Zumwalt is a critical milestone, demonstrating that with the right processes and commitment to budget and schedule requirements, major programs can be delivered on cost and on schedule," said Dan Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "As the program continues to transition from development to production, we remain focused on our primary goal -delivering unprecedented capabilities to the warfighter."

CEC brings tactical data fusion capability to the Zumwalt-class destroyer, integrating data from shipborne, airborne and land-based radars into a common, real-time picture for the warfighter. This capability allows all members of the network to simultaneously identify a threat, such as an approaching missile or aircraft, even if the target is out of range of an individual platform's sensors.

Leveraging this capability currently deployed on existing ships of the U.S. Navy fleet, the Zumwalt-variant planar array antenna assembly has more stringent shock requirements and a secondary radome to enhance the radar cross section to meet the multi-mission requirements of the ship class.

Work on this CEC assembly was completed by a team of experts that included representatives from across Raytheon Company as well as the Navy. Raytheon employees in Marlborough, Mass.; Largo, Fla.; McKinney, Texas; and St. Petersburg, Fla., worked in conjunction with the Navy to accelerate the antenna's design, construction, and acceptance test process.

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 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology 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.

    Carolyn Beaudry

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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