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JPS Communications' Equipment Employed in Mock Disaster Scenario During Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 2006

RALEIGH, N.C., June 14, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon's JPS Communications supported the national Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) exercises in Colorado, Delaware and South Carolina with trained personnel, equipment and its state-of-the-art communications trailer.

The South Carolina Palmetto-CWID exercise, a two-week mock disaster scenario created to test first responders' ability to communicate following a natural or manmade disaster, ends today.

CWID is a major national event, hosted by the National Guard in partnership with U.S. Northern Command, which focused on interoperability technology to improve the information exchange between participating military teams, federal agencies, and state and local responders. These exercises serve as a venue for the National Guard units to test procedures related to collaborative command and control within the National Guard and among its homeland defense partners.

JPS Communications' ACU technology, used by military forces, National Guard units, federal agencies and state and local responders, provides communications interoperability between disparate audio devices in a variety of configurations. Participants of the CWID event used the ACU technology to ensure effective communications among varying agencies in the event of a disaster.

"The ACU-1000 enables responding agencies using different radios and operating on different frequencies to be able to communicate with each other using their own equipment," says Lee Martin, director of DoD and federal sales for JPS.

"It addresses many of the issues that have plagued emergency response for years, and it does so efficiently, effectively, and affordably. During the CWID exercise, various configurations of the ACU-1000 were deployed, including our mobile, tactical, and wide area systems. The beauty of our technology is its flexible design and the system configuration in the field. Using our equipment, responders are able to meet the specific communication needs of an incident, making it ideal for disaster response," added Martin.

"CWID is an excellent venue for those responsible for preparedness and response to coordinate with their surrounding entities," says Carl Kist, president of JPS Communications. "Our ACU technology is the preferred solution to enable real-time interoperable communications, and the CWID venue promotes the importance of operational policies and procedures that have to be implemented prior to a joint response effort."

JPS Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company, designs, manufactures and sells electronic hardware and software products that enhance the effectiveness of communications systems. The company offers unsurpassed local, regional, state, and wide-area interoperability by directly connecting or networking any of the following devices: HF, UHF, VHF, 800 MHz, and P25 radios along with Nextel, satellite communication, cellular, WiFi and digital land line telephones.

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.

Note to Editors:

For additional information on the CWID exercise, media representatives may contact Colonel Pete Brooks at (803) 667-2327 or visit http://www.scguard.com/palmettocwid.

For more information on JPS Communications, please contact JPS at (919) 790-1011; e-mail jpspr@jps.com or visit our website at http://www.raytheon.com/jps.

  Kristy Foushee

  Katie Willis

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Kristy Foushee, +1-919-865-1252, or Katie Willis,
+1-919-865-1036, both of Raytheon

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

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