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Raytheon Awarded $16.5 Million Contract Extension for U.S. Navy Tactical Control System

System enhances Navy's unmanned ground system capabilities

FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 29, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company received a $16.5 million U.S. Navy contract to migrate the current Tactical Control System (TCS) to a Linux-based operating system and add upgrades to the system software.

"From the inception of TCS, the Navy's vision has been to develop a common unmanned aircraft ground system for multiple platforms," U.S. Navy Capt. Tim Dunigan said. "Taking TCS to the next level is a major priority for the Navy."

The contract extension will add other key capabilities, including upgrading software to control the radar and adding a universal hand control. In addition, the contract will provide support to TCS integration and testing leading to operational evaluation on the MQ-8B Fire Scout program. The Navy plans to conduct an operational evaluation on the Fire Scout with Northrop Grumman this summer.

TCS provides the Navy with an advanced unmanned aircraft system control and enables operators to train and operate on one system to simultaneously control multiple unmanned aircraft and payloads. The TCS system has been confirmed by the NATO STANAG (Standardization Agreement) Committee as being STANAG-4586 conformed and is the only unmanned system command and control software owned by the U.S. government.

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems is a leading provider of intelligence and information solutions, specializing in ground processing, unmanned ground systems, cybersecurity operations, homeland security and other markets to resolve the most complex problems for our customers worldwide. IIS had 2008 revenues of $3.1 billion and employs more than 9,000 engineering and technical professionals worldwide.

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.

    Keith Little

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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

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