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U.S. Army Awards Raytheon $10 Million to Provide Whole-Life Support for Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Systems

TEWKSBURY, Mass., June 25, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $10.4 million U.S. Army contract modification to provide whole-life engineering support for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) systems protecting U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Raytheon first developed RAID to meet the Army's increasing needs for persistent surveillance in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. RAID consists of infrared sensor systems elevated on a stationary platform capable of detecting hostile troop and/or equipment movement at great distances. This capability enables U.S. forces to respond rapidly to threatening situations.

"The equipment and services Raytheon are providing to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are protecting the lives of our warfighters," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "This award underscores the joint commitment of Raytheon and the U.S. Army to ensuring the highest operational readiness of this critical capability for our soldiers."

The contract calls for total life-cycle support and management for more than 150 elevated sensor systems, including remote operation capability, through March 2008. By providing whole-life engineering support, Raytheon ensures that these systems work the first time, every time for the soldiers deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Work will be performed at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., and Warfighter Protection Center, Huntsville, Ala. Support will also be provided by Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC.

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.

  Joyce Melikian

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Joyce Melikian of Raytheon Company, +1-339-645-6967

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

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