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Raytheon Awarded Contract Worth Up To $100 Million To Provide Encrypted Combat Identification Technology To U.S. Air Force

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 1, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract worth up to $100 million to improve secure combat identification for the U.S. Air Force.

Under the five-year agreement, Raytheon will produce and deliver up to 8,000 KIV-77 applique crypto computers for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment.

"The KIV-77 safeguards communications and protects warfighters when they need to identify friendly positions during combat," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems Integrated Communications Systems. "This is another critical product in the long lineage of Raytheon's assured communication solutions."

The KIV-77 is Type 1 certified by the National Security Agency and provides information assurance for both legacy Mode 4 and new Mode 5 IFF equipment. Mode 5 IFF is an encrypted data link between interrogators and transponders to confirm an aircraft is friendly. It uses a newer, more secure waveform than Mode 4 and is part of Raytheon's crypto modernization initiative to ensure information security for warfighter communications.

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 provided 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:

Type 1 certification authorizes equipment for handling classified data.

    Mary Beth Hodgkiss

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