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Raytheon Demonstrates Enhanced Long-Range Target Validation Capability

MCKINNEY, Texas, Sept. 29, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) demonstrated an enhanced long-range electronic identification capability that helps soldiers better validate targets on the battlefield and reduce fratricide.

Part of a U.S. Army-sponsored demonstration, Raytheon integrated its Target Validation System technology with a Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3).

"Raytheon's TVS technology can identify friendly platforms obscured by tree lines and under adverse conditions such as morning fog and smoke, which could make a critical difference for soldiers in combat," said Brad Hollenberg, senior director, Raytheon Network Centric Systems Combat Systems. "The technology is designed for ease of use and complements LRAS3 and other tactical standoff surveillance and targeting systems.

"Our electronic target validation technology can reliably identify friendly targets in less than one second at long ranges and well within the operator's normal target engagement cycle," added Hollenberg. "TVS technology is highly directional, uses very low power, and is encrypted for covert full-spectrum contingency operations."

Raytheon TVS technology is an electronic "question and answer" system that uses Ka radio frequency band. TVS can operate from moving and stationary platforms to provide near-real-time feedback to the warfighter during target engagements. It is also interoperable with systems used by NATO and coalition partners.

Raytheon's TVS technology is being evaluated by the Army's Joint Cooperative Target Identification - Ground (JCTI-G) risk reduction program. "We are working parallel efforts to validate TVS technology for light vehicle, airborne and joint applications that support irregular warfare situations such as in Afghanistan," said Hollenberg.

Under the Army's Light Vehicle Demonstration (LVD) program, TVS technology will be integrated on a HMMWV vehicle to validate operation under live fire conditions.

Raytheon is also integrating TVS technology on an F/A-18 Super Hornet for air-to-ground applications supporting Operation Bold Quest.

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. Raytheon, with headquarters in Waltham, MA, employs 73,000 people worldwide.

Note to Editors:

Raytheon's TVS technology is an outgrowth of previous U.S. Army-sponsored Ka Band Cooperative Target ID research and development including the JCTI-G, Battlefield Target ID and Future Combat Systems Combat ID programs.

The U.S. Army-sponsored Combat Identification Technology Demonstration was held May 27-28, 2009, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors as the lead organization.

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon a $3.3 million JCTI-G risk reduction study contract September 2008. JCTI-G is a year-long contract to analyze technology approaches that achieve affordable target identification system solutions for Army tactical applications.

The U.S. Army announced a $2.8 million LVD contract to Raytheon June 26, 2009. LVD is a year-long program that will culminate in a demonstration of TVS mounted on a 0.50 caliber machine gun and operated from a light vehicle under live-fire conditions at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

On behalf of the Marines, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $5 million contract to Raytheon Sept. 25, 2008, to integrate TVS technology onto an F-18 aircraft pod supporting Operation Bold Quest.

    Dave Desilets

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