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Raytheon Introduces Increased SL-AMRAAM Capability

PARIS and TEWKSBURY, Mass., June 19, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced an increased capability for its International Surface Launched, Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile system (SL-AMRAAM) during a briefing at the Paris Air Show today.

With today's announcement, the International SL-AMRAAM system will be able to offer the added capabilities of the AIM-9X and SL-AMRAAM-ER (extended range) missiles, in addition to the already available, widely used and combat- proven AMRAAM missile.

"Available, affordable and even more adaptable," said Skip Garrett, vice president of International Operations for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "SL-AMRAAM provides the warfighter with an effective and fully integrated air defense solution for maneuver forces, critical assets and homeland defense missions today and in the future. The addition of these two types of missiles will provide greater flexibility to match the most appropriate missile to the anticipated threat."

The SL-AMRAAM is a state-of-the-art air defense system that can defeat current and emerging cruise missiles and a wide range of air breathing threats. SL-AMRAAM provides a reliable, combat-proven capability to protect critical assets in maneuver warfare or homeland defense missions. This available, affordable and adaptable system is interoperable with the PATRIOT and other air defense systems.

SL-AMRAAM is already employed with a number of NATO nations and has been selected by the U.S. Army as the next-generation, medium-range air and missile defense system.

SL-AMRAAM is deployed in the U.S. today as a component in the United States Capital Region homeland defense architecture. 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 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

  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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