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Raytheon Receives $63.7 Million in Awards for U.S Air Force and Navy Towed Decoys

GOLETA, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received two contract awards totaling $63.7 million from the U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare Product Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga., for the ALE-50 towed decoy system.

The first award, valued at $56 million, represents the eighth production lot of ALE-50 equipment being provided to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy as part of an original contract that began in December 1996. The Lot 8 award calls for 2,528 decoys for the U.S. Air Force and 311 decoys for U.S. Navy aircraft. Equipment acquired by the Lot 8 award will be delivered through September 2006. Completion of the Lot 8 program will bring the total number of decoys produced by Raytheon to 20,891.

The second award, for $7.7 million, is for the continued evolution of the ALE-50 decoy system's operational capabilities against increasingly sophisticated threat environments. The effort includes engineering studies, operational flight program changes, and development and delivery of four fault isolation system testers. System enhancements are a result of lessons learned from deployment of the system in operational environments and will provide increased robustness in aircraft self-protection. The fault isolation testers will provide significantly improved supportability for B-1B aircraft operations in the field. Similar testers have been in use for F-16 aircraft and have proven to increase maintainability and reduce workload for maintenance personnel. Work under the contract is expected to be complete in June 2005.

"Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than knowing our products have been proven to save the lives of our military customers," said Pat Hurley, vice president and general manager of Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. "We're committed to executing these programs flawlessly and continuing to provide effective and affordable solutions for the protection of today's warfighter."

Towed decoy systems provide enhanced aircraft survivability by acting as a preferential target for many types of missile threats. Raytheon's ALE-50 system has played a key role in aircraft self-protection for several military conflicts and is currently operational on F-16, B-1B and F/A-18 aircraft. Work on the towed decoy system is being done at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business by its Electronic Warfare Systems organization located in Goleta, Calif.

Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems designs, develops and manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Space and Airborne Systems has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.

Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.

Ron Colman

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