EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon
Company has been awarded a low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 3 contract
to produce three Global Hawk Integrated Sensor Suites (ISS), one an Enhanced
Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) with range capabilities of both the synthetic
aperture radar (SAR) and the electro optical sensor improved by 50 percent
over the basic ISS.
Raytheon's ISS currently installed on the Global Hawk provides near real-
time imagery and has been combat proven in Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the
Global Hawk high-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft.
"We are very pleased to provide our customers with the most capable sensor
systems required for today's network centric operations," said Thomas A.
Kennedy, vice president Unmanned & Reconnaissance Systems. "The Raytheon
Integrated Sensor Suite has earned an outstanding reputation for providing
persistence to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community."
Under the LRIP Lot 3 contract, Raytheon will produce two ISS and the first
production unit of an EISS. The Raytheon ISS is a true multi-intelligence
system including SAR with ground moving target indicator, an EO/IR sensor,
integrated sensor control and signal processing.
The Raytheon work will be done in El Segundo, Calif., as part of the
Global Hawk LRIP Lot 3 effort awarded to Northrop Grumman by the U.S. Air
Force, with a scheduled completion date of March 2006.
In addition to the ISS, Raytheon also produces the Global Hawk ground
element from its Intelligence and Information Systems operation in Falls
Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and
manufactures advanced mission systems for precision engagement; missile
defense; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in
El Segundo, Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in
Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
Vicki L. Boatman
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/