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Raytheon Awarded $35.9 Million Contract for Submarine Satellite Communications Solution

MCKINNEY, Texas, March 1, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $35.9 million U.S. Navy contract to deliver 15 Submarine High Data Rate (Sub HDR) multi-band satellite communication systems (SATCOM).

Sub HDR gives submarines high data rate, multi-band SATCOM capability. Raytheon has delivered more than 71 Sub HDR systems to the Navy during the last six years under previous contracts totaling more than $160 million.

"This solution provides high bandwidth communications for submarines at periscope depth," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Integrated Communications Systems. "Sub HDR fills an essential capability gap by enabling underwater forces to be full FORCEnet participants in coordinated fleet battle group and joint task force network centric operations."

Sub HDR technology, which was developed by Raytheon in the 1990s, links submarines to the Global Broadcast service, the Milstar satellite constellation and the Defense Satellite Communication System.

The Sub HDR solution enables sailors to transmit and receive mission- critical information by raising a mast just above the sea's surface while the ship is submerged at periscope depth. The system transmits secure wideband multi-media, secure and non-secure Internet access, voice and data traffic, imagery and video teleconferencing.

Raytheon Company, with 2005 sales of $21.9 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: Sub HDR's acquisition began in 1996, following a competitive procurement. PEO C4I & Space (The U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence and Space) selected Raytheon. Within 21 months, the system performed a land-based over- the-air demonstration of its Super High Frequency (SHF) and Extremely High Frequency (EHF) multi-band satellite tracking and communication capabilities. In 1999, the multi-band SHF and EHF SATCOM mast was upgraded with Global Broadcast Services, Ka-band high data rate receive capability. During low rate initial production (1999), seven systems were produced and the system was subsequently tested on the attack submarine, USS Providence SSN 719, in August 2000.

  MB Hodgkiss

SOURCE: Raytheon/Network Centric Systems

CONTACT: MB Hodgkiss of Raytheon, +1-508-490-2607

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

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