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Raytheon Completes Acceptance Testing for the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 21, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company has successfully completed flight trials and acceptance testing for the EXTRACT System, an airborne reconnaissance system aboard a special airborne reconnaissance aircraft for the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force.

The company provided airborne reconnaissance systems, ground based analysis systems and a rear crew trainer and will provide continued contractor logistic support for the new system through 2013.

The reconnaissance system Raytheon developed consists of an airborne payload that examines routine radio and radar emissions while providing electronic combat support to military commanders. This upgrade provides enhanced automated capabilities to respond to current and future threats.

"Raytheon has more than 30 years of experience providing airborne reconnaissance systems. We are extremely pleased that these capabilities can be leveraged within the European theater," said John Nannen, vice president of Tactical Intelligence Systems for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

Derek Whittaker, the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) project manager, stated: "A project of this complexity is not without its problems, but the Raytheon engineers, project managers and senior management have to be congratulated in the manner in which they have all worked closely with the U.K. MOD to provide a system that in some respects far exceeds the original expectation. The completion of the acquisition phase of the contract is a laudable milestone and could only be accomplished in an atmosphere of co- operation, openness and trust between all parties, which has been clearly evident during the crucial acceptance process."

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS), with 2004 revenues of $2.2 billion, is a leading provider of intelligence and information solutions to government customers worldwide. Leveraging 35 years of expertise and excellence in operations, maintenance and engineering; mission management; signal processing; knowledge management, software development, information security and systems integration, IIS enables customers to make better, quicker mission decisions. IIS employs more than 9,000 professionals in key customer locations, which include IIS headquarters in Garland, Texas; Aurora, Colo.; Falls Church, Va.; Huntsville, Ala.; Linthicum, Md.; and State College, Pa.

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.

   Keith Little

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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

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