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Raytheon Delivers First Increment of MicroLight(TM) Radios for Land Warrior

MCKINNEY, Texas, July 26, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company has delivered the first increment of its new MicroLight radio and ancillary equipment to General Dynamics C4 Systems for the U.S. Army's Land Warrior program.

The first spiral of Land Warrior capability will include 26 MicroLight(TM) radios, 26 Voice over IP "Smart" Controllers and situation awareness software to be used in testing prior to early fielding to platoon and squad leaders in an experimental company.

The Land Warrior program follows a spiral development strategy to introduce new technology to current and future forces. The initial increment equips soldiers with a dismounted battle command system including the MicroLight radios and Smart Controllers. It will provide secure voice communications, position location, automatic reporting, and navigation for dismounted team leaders and above. Higher echelons above the platoon level will be equipped with a Commander's Digital Assistant that gives leaders expanded situational awareness, tactical-level messaging and fratricide avoidance.

Raytheon customized its off-the-shelf designs to support the Land Warrior program.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2004 sales of $20.2 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 80,000 people worldwide.

Note to editors:

Headquartered in Fullerton, Calif., Raytheon's Networked Communication Systems is a leading supplier of data communications products to the U.S. military. The business unit has sold more than 14,000 EPLRS data radios, equipped F-16 fighter aircraft with Situation Awareness Data Links, and provided the network for Blue Force tracking and Future Combat Systems.

  Patricia Perlini

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/

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