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NetFires LLC Delivers First Future Combat System Equipment to Army Soldiers

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems business and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Missiles and Fire Control, delivered the first two Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Container Launch Units to Army Evaluation Task Force soldiers in Fort Bliss, Texas.

The NLOS-LS CLU is the first Future Combat System equipment to be delivered, taking FCS closer to providing the warfighter a much-needed precision weapon system capable of engaging both moving and stationary targets.

"Putting real hardware on schedule and in the hands of soldiers is what we are all about," said Col. Doug Dever, the Army's Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System project manager. "This is the first FCS Spin Out 1 system to be delivered. It is a credit to the dedication and outstanding cooperation of the LLC, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy teams."

During the next year, the FCS Army Evaluation Task Force will evaluate operational concepts, conduct testing and training and provide continuous feedback on NLOS-LS equipment at Fort Bliss, allowing the Army to evaluate technologies and develop tactics, techniques and procedures.

"I am excited to see new, innovative equipment in the hands of our soldiers that will provide the brigade combat team commander with an organic capability to precisely engage moving targets," said Col. Gary Kinne, Army Training and Doctrine Command capabilities manager for rockets and missiles. "NLOS-LS is envisioned to provide the soldier precision -- one shot, one kill."

"Having NLOS-LS on the ground, on time and interoperable with the current force, as well as ready to progress with the Future Combat System, says it all," said Steve Bramlett, the Army's NLOS-LS CLU product manager.

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.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, and integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Note to editors:

NLOS-LS is one of the 14 Future Combat System's core systems. It will operate as a part of the Future Combat System systems-of-systems to meet the requirements of the Army's future brigade combat teams and provide increased capability for the current force's modular brigade combat teams.

Compared to systems with equivalent firepower (kills per combat load), NLOS-LS provides a modular, platform independent, highly deployable and flexible precision fires capability to the Army, Navy and joint maneuver forces for a very low life-cycle system cost.

  John Farlow

  Lockheed Martin
  Craig Vanbebber

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: John Farlow of Raytheon, +1-520-664-8243,
John_A_Farlow@raytheon.com; or Craig Vanbebber of Lockheed Martin,

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

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