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Raytheon's SeaRAM to go aboard General Dynamic's Littoral Combat Ship

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 4, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company will install the SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense weapon system on General Dynamics' Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). SeaRAM is the latest addition to Raytheon's world-class ship self-defense suite combining the Phalanx Block 1B close in weapon system and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) guided missile weapon system.

SeaRAM is a low-cost spiral development of the proven Phalanx Block 1B and RAM, the latter produced jointly by Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. Intended to enlarge Phalanx's keep-out range against sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, SeaRAM utilizes enhanced Phalanx sensors and replaces the M61A1 20 mm gun with an 11-round RAM missile guide. In addition, SeaRAM will likely bring the first U.S. Navy implementation of the RAM Block 1A Helicopter, Aircraft, and Surface (HAS) capability to the fleet.

In May 2004, the U.S. Navy announced General Dynamics would develop a detailed LCS design, with the provision for construction of a prototype of this new high-speed surface ship for delivery in 2006. The General Dynamics LCS features an innovative trimaran hull enabling the ship to reach sustainable speeds of nearly 50 knots and range as far as 10,000 nautical miles.

"SeaRAM provides a self-contained ship defense capability that leverages Phalanx's proven multi-spectral sensors with the demonstrated lethality of the RAM missile," said Troy Oberg, Raytheon's SeaRAM program manager in Tucson, Ariz. "Raytheon will work with General Dynamics to integrate SeaRAM with the LCS's combat management system in order to provide proven and highly lethal self-defense capability to the ship as well as the new HAS technology."

In 2001 Raytheon provided an engineering model of SeaRAM to the United Kingdom's Royal Navy for suitability testing. In 2002 Raytheon, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy, successfully launched four blast test vehicles, which measured rocket motor forces. The launches also confirmed SeaRAM's forward-looking infrared sensor can withstand multiple launches without damage.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), 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.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 72,200 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

   John Eagles
   502.364.6768, office
   502.727.9391, mobile

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: John Eagles of Raytheon Company, +1-502-364-6768, mobile:

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

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