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Raytheon Ground Soldier Ensemble Achieves Initial Program Milestones

MCKINNEY, Texas, July 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Ground Soldier Ensemble team completed two major program milestones and is moving to demonstrate networked tactical situational awareness and digital communications capabilities for the dismounted warfighter.

Raytheon's GSE team delivered to the U.S. Army the first open frame hardware on schedule in June, and earlier that month, held its first preliminary design review.

"By all accounts, Raytheon GSE is progressing rapidly to meet the Army's aggressive prototype and testing schedule aimed at achieving 'Milestone C' production readiness," said Glynn Raymer, vice president, Raytheon Network Centric System Combat Systems. "Our team is working diligently to support the customer's innovative alternative to traditional system design and development.

"When you look at Raytheon GSE in the context of Army modernization, our program focus is not unlike our underlying approach to meeting the essential needs of the modern warfighter. We begin with and remain fixated on the soldier who operates at the tactical edge," added Raymer. "In GSE, we are applying low-risk, proven technologies that yield reliable performance without compromising size, weight or power."

Raytheon GSE links the dismounted soldier to the battlefield network for real-time tactical situational awareness. The soldier system incorporates human factors engineering and analysis for a comfortable fit made to endure harsh environments and long warfighter missions.

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.

Note to Editors:

The U.S. Army announced the GSE contract awards April 15, 2009, and Raytheon is providing one of three GSE solutions selected.

The U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Contracting Center awarded Raytheon $11.8 million to provide a GSE technology demonstration. The contract calls for early prototype testing in 2009 and refined systems delivery and testing in 2010.

    Dave Desilets

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