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Raytheon Delivers Advanced F-15 AESA Radar to U.S. Air Force for Flight Test

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company has delivered its next-generation F-15 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system to the U.S. Air Force.

Following the successful integration of the radar at Boeing's F-15 facility in St. Louis, the program now enters its final phase of developmental testing. This entails multiple flight tests during the coming months designed to establish the AESA radar system is meeting expected performance requirements.

"We are aware of the critical difference AESA technology will make in providing the warfighter with a huge leap forward in capability," said Erv Grau, vice president for air combat avionics at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "Our close working relationship with our partner, Boeing, has ensured the program remains on track and is performing well. Raytheon's AESA radar offers unparalleled targeting, tracking and enhanced situational awareness capabilities providing the Air Force and Air National Guard true force multiplication."

"The F-15C (V)3 AESA radar flight testing with the Air Force is the next critical step in a long and successful relationship between Boeing and Raytheon providing F-15 pilots world-class, air-to-air radar and weapon system capability. This mid-life upgrade to the F-15C weapon system will maintain the Eagle's role as a key asset in our nation's defense force," says Jim Means, director for Boeing Global Strike Systems Proprietary Programs.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) is the leading provider of sensor systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2005 revenues of $4.2 billion and 13,000 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. Additional facilities are in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.

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.

  Faith Jennings
  310.334.2553 office
  310.977.1963 mobile

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Faith Jennings of Raytheon, +1-310-334-2553 (office),
+1-310-977-1963 (mobile), faith_jennings@raytheon.com

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

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