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Raytheon Demonstrates Dismounted Battlefield Communications for Land Warrior Exercise

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 29, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully demonstrated its communications network radio system (CNRS), an advanced communication technology that networks every soldier on the battlefield.

"Plugging our soldiers into an integrated, wireless communications network on the battlefield and during engagement is absolutely critical," said Colonel Richard Hansen, the Army's project manager for soldier warrior.

During a recent test of the U.S. Army Land Warrior system at Fort Lewis, Wash., Raytheon, in conjunction with the Land Warrior contractor team led by prime systems integrator General Dynamics C4 Systems, successfully demonstrated CNRS' ability to connect the dismounted soldier to the battlefield network.

Raytheon's CNRS solution provides the connectivity to give commanders and soldiers the ability to share critical mission information electronically, securely and on-the-move, from the command post to the dismounted infantry. This wireless radio communications system provides real-time voice and data communications and a conduit for situational awareness through a self-healing, self-forming network.

"We're providing this transformational technology today," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "In battlefield conditions where seconds count, the importance of real-time access to the data that CNRS provides is absolutely essential. Because of our ability to share this capability now, we're providing a key advantage to the soldiers fighting around the world today."

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:

Self-forming networks are established automatically on-the-move and in real-time -- from the moment soldiers turn on their radios.

Self-healing means soldiers can move in and out of a network without disruption.

CNRS is currently undergoing Type-1 certification with the National Security Agency in support of system deployment in 2007. Type 1 certification ensures that the system is capable of transmitting a certain level of classified data.

CNRS is a critical part of Land Warrior, the Army's integrated, modular fighting system for close-combat tactical awareness.

  MB Hodgkiss

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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

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

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