Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the US Air Force

          Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the US Air Force

Leverages lessons learned from operational prototype and 7 decades of radar
leadership to track space debris

PR Newswire

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 14, 2012

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Air Force's Space Fence program.

Space Fence, a large, S-band radar to be based in Kwajalein atoll, will be
capable of detecting more and much smaller objects in low Earth orbit to
provide greater accuracy and timeliness to meet space situational awareness
requirements.

"Raytheon's Space Fence solution will track more than 150,000 pieces of
unaccounted space debris that threaten manned space flight and the satellites
we all rely on for many critical services, including accurate weather
forecasts, navigation and financial transactions," said David Gulla, vice
president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense
Systems business.

"Raytheon's decades of expertise building large-scale radars in remote
locations, our investment in key technologies and the proven success of our
working Space Fence prototype enable us to offer the U.S. Air Force a low-risk
solution at an affordable price," he added.

Raytheon leads the industry in delivering innovative, affordable and reliable
radar solutions, leveraging a 70-year radar heritage to provide global
customers a decisive intelligence edge in all domains. Raytheon produces the
world's broadest range of radar solutions and continually works to advance
radar technologies to deliver enhanced capabilities for warfighters around the
world.

"Raytheon has partnered closely with the Air Force during the technology
development phase to understand the requirements and has come up with a number
of innovative solutions that will make Space Fence affordable," said Scott
Spence, Raytheon's Space Fence program director. "Raytheon is looking forward
to supporting the Air Force as this vital program moves forward."

About Space Fence and Space Debris

  oA piece of debris as small as 1 centimeter can seriously damage – or even
    destroy – an operational satellite.
  oCritical infrastructures such as power grids, banking operations and
    transportation systems are all dependent on the GPS satellite
    constellation.
  oThe Space Fence system will replace the U.S. Air Force's Space
    Surveillance System radar that has been operational since 1961.

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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