Raytheon's Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

      Raytheon's Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

New precision artillery variant moves through qualification program

PR Newswire

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., Oct. 24, 2012

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company
(NYSE: RTN) fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during
qualification flight tests. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the
target, meeting stringent test objectives.

"This program has made great achievements in a very short amount of time,"
said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager. "In two
years time, the Excalibur Ib program has moved from a competition to being
well on its way to a milestone C."

The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on
Raytheon's combat-proven Excalibur Ia. The tests verify the performance and
efficacy of the Excalibur Ib configuration.

"Our team is focused on giving our warfighters an Excalibur Ib design that
improves performance and reliability," said Kevin Matthies, Raytheon Missile
Systems' Excalibur program director. "These tests verify the new design."

With more than 600 rounds fired in theater to date, Excalibur is the
revolutionary precision projectile for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps
artillery. By integrating Excalibur into close-combat formations, U.S. forces
avoid collateral damage even when warfighters are in close proximity to the
target. By using Excalibur's level of precision there is a major reduction in
the time, cost and logistical burden traditionally associated with using
artillery munitions. Analyses have shown that on average it takes at least 10
conventional munitions to accomplish what one Excalibur can.

About Excalibur
Successfully fielded in 2007, the Excalibur 155mm precision-guided,
extended-range projectile is the revolutionary artillery round used in theater
today by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Using GPS precision guidance
technology, Excalibur provides accurate, first round, fire-for-effect
capability in an urban setting. Excalibur is considered a true precision
weapon, impacting at a radial miss distance of six meters from the target.
Excalibur is a co-development program between Raytheon Company and BAE Bofors.

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

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