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Raytheon Wins Non-Lethal Weapons Solid-State Source Contract

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business has been awarded a phase-two contract to develop a gallium nitride (GaN) solid-state source for use in non-lethal weapons.

The award was made by the Defense Department's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD).

Raytheon's GaN technology enables revolutionary performance and functionality for a wide range of DoD systems to include radar, electronic warfare and communications.

"Our support of the JNLWD is for very high frequency, millimeter-wave GaN to provide the warfighter with a lower-cost, lighter-weight, non-lethal engagement alternative," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon IDS.

Work on the contract will be conducted at IDS' semiconductor foundry located at the Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass. IDS is a leader in compound semiconductor technology development, products and services for military and homeland security applications. Foundry capabilities include design, development and manufacturing of gallium arsenide and GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules for advanced radar, electronic warfare, communications and weapon systems.

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 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.

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