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Raytheon to Develop Solution for Submarine Communications

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $5.2 million U.S. Navy development contract to deliver a tactical paging solution that improves submarine communications.

"Submarine communication protocols are much the same as they were 60 years ago," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "Integrating satellite communications with acoustic Deep Siren technology dramatically changes this paradigm by enabling a commander anywhere in the world to contact a submarine immediately regardless of the submarine's speed or depth."

Raytheon's Deep Siren system employs acoustic, expendable buoys that, when contacted through the Global Information Grid, enable long-range communications from a buoy to a submarine throughout its area of operations. The range is dependent on environmental conditions. Buoys can be launched from multiple platforms providing the Navy with increased flexibility.

Submarines routinely initiate communications or adhere to previously established communication schedules to make contact with commanders. This process introduces operational time delays and severely limits a submarine's ability to fully participate across the spectrum of naval missions.

Deep Siren is a critical technology for the Navy's first generation of Undersea FORCEnet communications equipment. The technology is part of the Communications at Speed and Depth effort to provide real-time communications with submarines regardless of their operational profile.

Raytheon teamed with RRK Technologies, Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to deliver the capability.

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.

  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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