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Raytheon Expands its Joint Fires Demonstration Program Across the Joint Battlespace

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 27, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), led by its Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business, will conduct its third demonstration of a multi-theater, multi-service Single Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) capability in December as it expands its Joint Fires (JFires) program.

Highlights of JFires Demo 3 will be multiple integrated fire control engagements by U.S. Army SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile), U.S. Navy Standard Missiles-2 and 3, and ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile) interceptors -- all built by Raytheon -- against simulated cruise and ballistic missile threats.

JFires combines high fidelity, large-scale digital simulations with tactically representative "hardware-in-the-loop" facilities. It uses an operational Northeast Asia-3 scenario as prescribed by JSSEO (Joint Single Integrated Air Picture Engineering Organization). Earlier demonstrations in August and October produced a joint SIAP with a variety of service sensors in two interrelated theaters of operation, including defense of the homeland against long-range ICBM threats.

The SIAP foundation is established using Raytheon's Tactical Component Network ®, which has been enhanced to work with existing air picture networks while sharing identification and associated attributes across the composite network. As a result, new capabilities have emerged including network-based cueing and sensor resource management.

JFires was established to create an open architecture infrastructure to accelerate critical fielding of warfighter technology, providing improved interoperability. "JFires represents Raytheon's continued commitment to achieve affordable warfighter capability. It offers a significant acceleration in SIAP for joint forces," said Rick Yuse, vice president of IDS' Integrated Air Defense.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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:

SIAP is being developed by the Joint SIAP System Engineering Organization (JSSEO). SIAP allows U.S. military service personnel and allies to share a single graphical representation of the battlespace. It is considered a principal means of networking forces together to create a decisive warfighting advantage.

The JSSEO's mission is to identify the most effective and efficient means to achieve a SIAP that satisfies warfighter needs. It does this by implementing a disciplined systems engineering process that considers the entire spectrum of alternatives (including training and tactics, techniques, and procedures) and by developing an incremental approach to improve command and control of existing systems and the integrated architectures within which these systems operate.

  Guy Shields

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Guy Shields of Raytheon Company, +1-978-858-5246

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

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