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Raytheon Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract for Tactical Meteorological Observing System

INDIANAPOLIS, March 15, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a total potential value of $27.5 million to provide contractor logistics support for its Tactical Meteorological Observing Systems. The contract covers a base-year and two option years.

The Tactical Meteorological Observing Systems are part of the U.S. Air Force's front-line means for gathering weather data. These systems, which aid Air Force units in determining if weather conditions are favorable for flight operations, are deployed with combat teams into locations worldwide in support of the fighting forces.

Under this contract, Raytheon will continue to provide Mission Support, identifying the needs and potential problem areas of the systems well in advance and developing effective, experience-based solutions to enable Mission Assurance.

This contract provides logistics elements necessary to maintain operational availability of the more than 250 deployed Tactical Meteorological Observing Systems. Tasks performed under the contract include the operation of a 24/7 helpdesk, purchase of spares or new systems, and management of system repairs. Work will be performed at the RTSC facility in Indianapolis.

"The Tactical Meteorological Observing Systems provide accurate combat weather observation, supplying information that is needed to ensure the safety of Air Force crews and aircraft," said Robert Stevens, director of program management at RTSC's Indianapolis location. "Having these systems available and working to peak performance is crucial to mission success. Raytheon's reliable and proactive approach to Mission Support ensures that these systems are working whenever and wherever they are needed."

Raytheon's history with the Tactical Meteorological Observation Systems began in 1997, working with the Air Force on the acquisition and deployment of the systems around the world. When the initial deployment was completed, Raytheon's focus moved into contractor logistics support and the integration of advanced capabilities into the system. Based on the knowledge of the system and experience with the end-user, Raytheon has worked closely with the Air Force to translate user requirements into several recommendations for system upgrades.

"Over the past eight years, Raytheon has worked with the Air Force to improve the availability, maintainability, and performance of the Tactical Meteorological Observing Systems," said John Balaguer, RTSC vice president and general manager of RTSC's Indianapolis-based business unit. "Since the program's inception, assets have tripled. Continually refining our tools and processes to be more efficient and effective has allowed us to lower costs, maintain performance of 95 percent on-time delivery and 98 percent spares availability, and reduce shipping cycle and repair time."

RTSC provides technology solutions for defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in Mission Support, counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism, base and range operations and customized engineering services. Mission Support -- Raytheon's integrated approach to providing total life-cycle support, predicting customer needs, sensing problems and proactively applying solutions -- enables Raytheon to maintain readiness and deliver operational capability on demand, enhancing customer mission success.

Raytheon Company, with 2005 sales of $21.9 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 80,000 people worldwide.

Kristen Giddens Pinto-Coelho

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