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Raytheon to Lead Team of Weather System Experts for Next-Generation NOAA Ground System

Providing meteorologists greater knowledge of atmospheric and space weather conditions

AURORA, Colo., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will head a team of technology leaders to pursue a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R series known as GOES-R ground segment. The GOES program provides the nation with continuous severe weather sentinels in space.

GOES-R satellites will not only provide critical weather observations for severe weather events such as hurricanes, but they will also provide key enhancements in observational capabilities for climate, oceans and coasts, and the space environment. GOES-R will take environmental data collection and analysis and weather forecasting to new heights.

Raytheon GOES-R team members include Lockheed Martin, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Omitron, Orbital Network Engineering, Silicon Graphics Inc., STC-METSAT, SM Resources Corp., RT Logic, and Photon Research Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon.

"As the prime contractor, Raytheon will lead this team of foremost experts in the fields of ground segment technology and system integration," said Michael D. Keebaugh, president of Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) business. "Together, these trusted partners bring more than 60 years of experience in providing environmental processing systems."

Additionally, Raytheon has added academia's foremost scientific support provided by The University of Oklahoma and The University of California, Los Angeles, in the areas of data mining, training, development, modeling and simulation, scene generation, and data verification and validation.

Based in Garland, Texas, Raytheon IIS is a leading provider of information and intelligence solutions to the government. Raytheon IIS has annual revenues of approximately $2.7 billion and employs more than 9,000 engineering and technical professionals worldwide.

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 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 72,000 people worldwide.

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SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Gay Beach of Raytheon Company, +1-703-876-1961,

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

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