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Raytheon Concrete-Breaching Rescue Tool Now Available to First Responders Via GSA Schedule

Tool penetrates concrete walls up to four times faster than traditional methods

DULLES, Va., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) rapid concrete-breaching tool has been added to the General Services Administration schedule of products and services available to federal organizations.

The Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT™) from Raytheon is a self-contained, safe and portable unit designed to aid fire departments, local and federal rescue agencies, and the military services. The tool sends pulverizing shock waves that enable rescuers to breach concrete structures faster than with existing techniques such as drilling, chipping or sawing.

Developed under the rapid-technology application program of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, CIRT can quickly penetrate concrete walls and barriers, facilitating personnel rescue after disasters. It is a two-person portable tool, actuated by standard powder cartridges, and is capable of breaching a targeted reinforced concrete wall up to four times faster than with traditional methods. Additionally, the force generated by CIRT is concentrated in a localized area on the concrete barrier, minimizing collateral damage and potential destabilization of the surrounding structure.

Raytheon completed a series of CIRT training demonstrations with the Hawaii National Guard and the Virginia National Guard CERF-P Breaching and Breaking Platoons. The tests were, respectively, part of the Makani Pahili 2011 exercise at Bellows Air Force Station on May 31 and a training demonstration at the Virginia Beach, Va., TF-2 Fire and Rescue training facility on May 16. Makani Pahili is an annual statewide joint exercise involving the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the State of Hawaii to test and evaluate preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season. During the successful hands-on demonstrations, CIRT easily breached reinforced concrete panels in less than six minutes and required minimal effort from the training crews.

"We conducted the demonstrations to show that CIRT is an easy, rapid and effective solution to breaching concrete and other barriers," said Luis Giraldo, program manager for Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business. "This technology will help improve efforts of urban search and rescue teams by providing new and faster capabilities to help save lives in disaster situations."

The Yonkers, N.Y., Fire Department also recently added CIRT to its capability tool kit. CIRT will help the department improve its ability to respond to structural collapse events.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 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 89 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 72,000 people worldwide.


Jared Adams

SOURCE Raytheon Company

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