Raytheon awarded $51 million from US Army to produce and upgrade airborne radios

  Raytheon awarded $51 million from US Army to produce and upgrade airborne
                                    radios

ARC-231 to be first MUOS airborne radio available

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was
awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize
future radios for the U.S. Army. The modernization effort includes Phase 3 of
the Mobile User Objective Service/Cryptographic Modernization (MUOS/CM)
Upgrade Program, which significantly increases satellite capacity for
soldiers.

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MUOS replaces the aging constellation of Ultra High Frequency Follow-On
communications satellites. The Phase 3 software upgrade allows Raytheon to
complete MUOS/CM design tasks and prepare for Phase 4 qualification testing in
2013. Full-rate production is planned for 2015, making this the first MUOS
airborne radio available.

The MUOS/CM Upgrade will be a new product, known as the RT-1987. It will be
able to accept new waveforms ported from the Department of Defense's Joint
Tactical Radio System (JTRS) information repository.

"The ARC-231 radio system has proven to be a very capable, high performing,
multi-function radio set that adapts to changing application requirements with
only software upgrades," said David Patton, ARC-231 senior program manager in
Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business.

"Because the equipment upgrades are backward compatible with existing
equipment installations, minimal platform changes are required. This approach
simplifies aircraft integration tasks and reduces upgrade costs," Patton
added.

Raytheon has sold more than 6,000 ARC-231 radios for use on rotary and
fixed-wing, manned and unmanned aircraft, and for use on special ground mobile
and seaborne applications. It provides the common Line of Sight communications
and Demand Assignment Multiple Access Integrated Waveform (DAMA IW) used for
satellite communications.

Users of earlier radio configurations may contact Raytheon for a software
upgrade that adds DAMA IW communications, which triples the number of DAMA
satellite channels available.

Raytheon provides a total VHF/UHF Line of Sight and UHF SATCOM airborne and
ground communications solution with ARC-231 and AN/PSC-5C/D Radio Sets. The
company is applying internal investments that are focused on extending the
usage of these products beyond the next two decades. New features are expected
to include JTRS SCA compliance, extended frequency, wide bandwidth and
high-speed tuning.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 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. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

Note to Editors

For further information on ARC-231 and the software upgrade, please contact
877.227.2231 or ARC-231_Support@raytheon.com.

Media Contact

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+1.978.886.7738
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SOURCE Raytheon Company

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