Raytheon's dual-band datalink tested with Thales radar

            Raytheon's dual-band datalink tested with Thales radar

Success broadens Europe's ballistic missile defense options

PR Newswire

DEN HELDER, Netherlands, March 11, 2013

DEN HELDER, Netherlands, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)
tested its company-funded dual-band datalink with a Thales Nederland Advanced
Phased Array Radar (APAR). The test took place at a shore-based Dutch facility
and marked a key step toward enabling more European ships to employ the full
range of missiles within the Standard Missile family, including the Standard
Missile-3.

"Right now, few of Europe's naval ships can participate in the 'upper tier'
ballistic missile defense of NATO countries because their radars cannot
communicate with the SM-3," said Wes Kremer, vice president of Air and Missile
Defense Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "A common datalink that operates
with both X- and S-band radars is a very affordable, near-term solution that
allows Europe to take advantage of proven technologies available today."

Using both sending and receiving signals, the test validated the ability of
the dual-band datalink to communicate with the APAR X-band radar, which is
part of a radar suite used by the Danish, Dutch and German navies. Integrating
a dual-band datalink into any of the Standard Missiles is a 'drop in'
replacement for the current hardware.

"The dual-band datalink has significant implications for our U.S. Navy
customers as well, because it allows them to save money by eliminating the
need to maintain two separate inventories of Standard Missiles for the Zumwalt
(X-band) and Aegis (S-band) ship classes," said Kremer.

About the Dual-Band Datalink
In 2009, a joint U.S.-Netherlands study concluded SM-3 could be integrated
with the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Tracking-L and Advanced
Phased Array Radar (SMART-L/APAR) sensor suites, providing non-AEGIS ships a
viable missile defense capability.

  oGenerally, U.S. and NATO ships communicate with interceptors in either X-
    or S-band.
  oTo avoid unique configurations of missiles, Raytheon has developed a
    dual-band datalink which enables the same missile to communicate in both
    S- and X-band.
  oIn 2011, Raytheon's dual-band datalink was tested in the lab using both
    S-band and X-band frequencies.
  oThe APAR radar was developed as part of an international cooperative
    effort involving Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.
  oThe Netherlands and Germany have seven frigates that utilize the
    SMART-L/APAR system (using X-band communication frequency).
  oDenmark is expected to add three more ships that operate SMART-L/APAR to
    its fleet by 2013 (using X-band communication frequency).
  oNorway, Spain and the U.S. operate AEGIS frigates (using S-band
    communication frequency).

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 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 91 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.

Media Contact
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rmspr@raytheon.com

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