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Raytheon Awarded Global Hawk Ground Segments Contract

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 30, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a new contract to produce ground segments for Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk program, which will support the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A/B Global Hawk unmanned aerial system. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Raytheon will build additional Global Hawk ground segments consisting of the launch and recovery element, the mission control element (MCE), and associated ground communication equipment. The system provides high resolution imagery data to tactical commanders in near-real time. The sensor data obtained from each Global Hawk is transmitted to the MCE via wideband RF line- of-sight or satellite data link. Data is then disseminated to existing command and control systems or directly to properly equipped tactical field users or exploitation centers.

"We are proud to be awarded this new contract to supply additional launch and recovery elements and the mission control elements to the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk program and the Air Force," said William P. Jones, vice president of Tactical Intelligence Systems.

The ground segments award is from Lot 4 of the Global Hawk low-rate initial production program. Along with the Global Hawk ground segment, Raytheon also produces the sensor suite for the Global Hawk from its Space and Airborne Systems business in El Segundo, Calif.

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS), with 2004 revenues of $2.2 billion and 10,000 employees, is a leading provider of intelligence and information solutions to government customers worldwide. Leveraging 35 years of expertise and excellence in operations, maintenance & engineering; mission management; signal processing; knowledge management, software development, information security and systems integration, IIS enables customers to make better, quicker mission decisions.

Raytheon Company, 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

CONTACT: Keith Little of Raytheon Company, +1-703-849-1675

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

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