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Davidson Joins Raytheon-Led Team in Bid for Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 16, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Davidson Technologies Inc. has joined Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) industry team in a bid for the U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

Davidson joins General Dynamics and Raytheon on Team IBCS leveraging its combined domain expertise while employing innovative industrywide best practices to provide the U.S. Army a transformational, affordable and extensible air defense solution for integrated air and missile defense.

"We are very pleased to have Davidson join with General Dynamics as we continue to charge forward in growing a team driven to providing the Army and its soldiers with an affordable solution by 2011," said Pete Franklin, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

"Our open business model process enables all team members to contribute significantly in this effort. This process, which we call OpenAIR(TM), ensures a strong collaborative partnership with Defense Department stakeholders, academia, and large and small business, resulting in the Army receiving an affordable, best-of-breed IBCS solution by 2011 for our warfighters."

The goal of the IBCS is to provide an open architecture that enables warfighters to take advantage of any sensor and any shooter integrated fire control network. The Army's vision is to move toward a network-centric system-of-systems capability for integrating sensors, shooters, and battle management command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Army air and missile defense.

"We are committed to providing team IBCS the best technical expertise we have to offer with the goal of contributing to the success of this program," said Doug Bryant, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Davidson Technologies. "We value our partnership with Raytheon and share its commitment to the warfighter and a strong national defense."

Davidson Technologies provides missile defense and aerospace research and development support to government and industry customers. Headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., Davidson employs more than 180 people in north Alabama.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a strong international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 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 more than 80,000 people worldwide.

Tom Saunders

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