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Japanese Troops Conduct Successful Training and Patriot Test Firings at Fort Bliss

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 30, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japanese Air Self Defense Forces (JASDF) concluded its annual training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The exercise included target engagement and successful test firings of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) provided operational support for the annual service practice conducted by the JASDF.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) is the prime contractor for Patriot in Japan and manufactures the guidance enhanced missile for Japan.

"JASDF, MHI and Raytheon continue to demonstrate an unprecedented work ethic whereby mission success is accomplished by teamwork," said Skip Garrett, vice president and deputy for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "Year in and year out, this team provides 'no doubt' results."

Patriot fire unit crews operating Raytheon's Configuration-3 system conducted numerous missions against various targets during the course of the exercise, which took place from midsummer through midfall. Approximately 450 JASDF personnel participated in this year's mission.

Japan is one of 12 nations that employ the combat-proven Patriot as a key component of their air and missile defense programs.

Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot air and missile defense systems and systems integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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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