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Raytheon's JLENS Completes Successful Systems Functional Review

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 20, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company's Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) completed a successful system functional review (SFR) late last month.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' JLENS provides a long-duration, wide- area cruise missile defense capability while also supplying the battlefield commander with situational awareness and elevated communications relay capabilities.

This technical review was the last major milestone for the technology development acquisition phase of the program and marks the readiness of the program to enter the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase. The primary objective of the SFR was to ensure complete allocation of system level requirements to the system prime items. The two-day technical review included an overview of the JLENS system and in-depth reviews of each of the prime items, to include the fire control radar, surveillance radar, processing station, communication system, and platform.

"Raytheon is working closely with the U.S. Army customer every step of the way to develop a system that meets the needs of the warfighter," said Ralph Acaba, JLENS program manager. "JLENS provides over the horizon detection and tracking of incoming cruise missiles with sufficient warning to enable air defense systems to engage and defeat the threat."

During SDD, all hardware, software and logistics support required to deploy the system will be developed and will undergo extensive testing to ensure the system meets its requirements.

Based in Tewksbury, Mass., Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in joint battlespace integration. With a strong international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. armed forces, Integrated Defense Systems provides a wide spectrum of integrated air and missile defense and naval and maritime warfighting solutions.

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: The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) is a tactical, theater-based, advanced sensor system. The system is elevated by tethered aerostats to enable battlefield commanders to increase their wide-area protection against land-attack cruise missiles.

   Guy Shields

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Guy Shields for Raytheon Company, +1-978-858-5246

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

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