Raytheon wins DARPA contract to design new military imaging satellites

    Raytheon wins DARPA contract to design new military imaging satellites

Small satellites aim to enhance warfighter situational awareness

PR Newswire

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 13, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was
awarded a $1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
contract for phase one of the agency's Space Enabled Effects for Military
Engagements (SeeMe) program. During the next nine months, the company will
complete the design for small satellites to enhance warfighter situational
awareness in the battlespace.

The SeeMe program will provide useful on-demand imagery information directly
to the warfighter in the field from a low-cost satellite constellation
launched on a schedule that conforms to Department of Defense operational

"Leveraging our state-of-the-art missile assembly lines, we can mass produce
these small, lightweight satellites quickly and affordably," said Tom Bussing,
Raytheon Missile Systems' vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. "As the
world's only producer of exoatmospheric kill vehicles, we are already
developing and building hardware to space standards."

For this contract, Raytheon has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,
University of Arizona and SRI International to assist with design work and
eventually production. Next year, in phase two of the SeeMe program, the
Raytheon team would build six satellites for ground testing.

"We are pleased to be working with DARPA to solve the challenge of providing
warfighters with a tactical space sensor capability at a production rate
price," said Bussing.

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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