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Raytheon Moves Ahead in Competition for Next Generation Jammer Program

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2009 - Having completed an initial technology maturation study in July, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has entered the subsequent phase of the competition for the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Jammer program.

The study described new technological approaches to provide 21st century jamming capabilities for current and future threats in the airborne electronic-attack arena. The next-generation jammer is intended to replace the ALQ-99 jamming pods on the EA-18G Growler aircraft, providing a solid basis for 30 more years of airborne electronic-attack capability.

"Strike aircraft jamming technology needs to be more sophisticated than ever to defend and protect the air space for America and its allies," said Dr. Tom Kennedy, vice president for Tactical Airborne Systems. "Raytheon has an extensive combat-proven history in the airborne electronic-attack defense market, and we believe our advanced technology solution is compelling. It will provide the Navy next-generation airborne electronic-attack capabilities to ensure dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum of a range of conflicts, including low-intensity, hybrid and irregular warfare."

Part of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems' proposed solution is intended to provide a firm foundation for the development of a robust open-architecture jammer with greater spectral precision, power, reactive speed and directivity. The approach would be based on pod design and logistics support the company has provided for numerous Navy programs, including ATFLIR, SHARP, AWW-13 and ALQ-99.

The solution would integrate advanced airborne electronic-attack technologies with a combination of agile, high-powered beam-jamming techniques and sophisticated solid state electronics, an area in which the company has decades of expertise.

"With proven experience on the EA-18G and related systems for a wide range of missions, Raytheon offers a low-risk, high-performing, next-generation jammer solution to meet the Navy's mission needs," Kennedy said. "Our approach would take full advantage of improved performance and sustainability offered by new and emerging technologies."

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, with 2008 revenues of $4.4 billion, 12,000 employees and headquarters in El Segundo, is a leading supplier of sensor systems that provide actionable information for the network-centric battlefield.

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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