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Raytheon Delivers 3,000th Joint Standoff Weapon to the U.S. Navy

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered its 3,000th Joint Standoff Weapon to the U.S. Navy.

JSOW is a family of affordable, precision-guided, air-to-ground glide weapons capable of striking targets in sensitive and well-defended areas. More than 400 JSOWs have been used in combat operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"JSOW's battle-proven capability provides us with an unbeatable combination of affordability, lethality, survivability and standoff range," said Captain Mat Winter, the Navy's JSOW program manager. "The delivery of the 3,000th JSOW is a noteworthy accomplishment for this critical air-to-ground system because it demonstrates our trust in the reliability of the product."

JSOW contains next-generation technology that allows stealth engagement of high-value targets in heavily defended areas. Like its predecessors, the 3,000th JSOW has a modular design, allowing the weapon to deliver a variety of payloads.

"This milestone demonstrates that JSOW's design modularity gives the warfighter flexibility and versatility," said John O'Brien, Raytheon program director for JSOW. "JSOW meets the commander's needs today and well into the future."

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.

   Mike Nachshen

  Note to Editors:

The JSOW family uses a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying various payloads. It employs an integrated GPS/inertial navigation system that guides the weapon to the target and has a standoff range of approximately 70 nautical miles, allowing delivery from well outside the lethal range of most enemy air defenses. The JSOW-A variant dispenses combined-effect bomblets for use against soft and area targets. The JSOW-C variant incorporates an imaging infrared seeker for high precision and uses a multi-stage warhead with both a blast fragmentation and hard target penetration capability for use against point targets. JSOW C-1, which recently entered the system design and development phase, has a maritime surface-attack capability and incorporates a data link that allows JSOW to respond to changing battlefield conditions.

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Mike Nachshen of Raytheon Company, +1-520-794-4088,

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

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