Raytheon awarded $35 million minehunting sonar contract

           Raytheon awarded $35 million minehunting sonar contract

Advanced mine detection solution to counter prevalent undersea threats

PR Newswire

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 3, 2014

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
has been awarded $35.5 million to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A
minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar
technologies to support the Navy's critical minehunting missions, ensuring
safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world's
oceans and waterways.

US Navy photo: The Remote Minehunting System (RMS) and an AN/AQS-20
minehunting sonar (attached underneath) are brought aboard the littoral combat
ship USS Independence (LCS 2).

Deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as the variable depth sonar for
the AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS), the AN/AQS-20A system is towed
undersea to scan the water in front, below and to the sides of the vehicle for
anti-shipping mines.

"An essential component of LCS, AN/AQS-20A advances the capability of the
ship's mine countermeasure arsenal," said Kevin Peppe, vice president of
Seapower Capability Systems for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems
business. "Enhanced to optimize detection – in both range and accuracy,
AN/AQS-20A provides the Navy with the advantage they need to safely detect and
effectively identify these undersea threats."

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative
value of this contract to $199,692,601. The majority of the work will be
performed at Raytheon's Portsmouth, R.I. facility with support and
contributions from other Raytheon business areas as well as a host of large
and small business supplier partners.

About AN/AQS-20A

AN/AQS-20A is a critical element of the U.S. Navy's mine countermeasure
capability, and the only minehunting sonar sensor developed, tested and
certified for Remote Multi Mission Vehicle (RMMV) deployment. It is the most
advanced and capable mine warfare sensor system, fully integrated with and
effectively operated from the RMMV, now successfully deployed from LCS 2.

The AN/AQS-20A system is towed undersea to simultaneously scan the water
column for anti-shipping mines forward of, to the sides, and beneath the
vehicle. Sophisticated sonar, electro-optical sensors, and high-precision
location information are used to provide high-resolution images of mines and
mine-like objects.

End-to-End Mine Countermeasure Capability

Raytheon provides both a modern minehunting and mine neutralization capability
to the U.S. Navy, which are two of the components in the mine countermeasure
mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship class. Supporting mine-clearing
operations in both deep-ocean and littoral waters, AN/AQS-20A minehunting
sonar detects, localizes and identifies bottom, close-tethered and volume
mines; and the AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS)
reacquires and neutralizes mines found by the AN/AQS-20A. AMNS consists of a
helicopter-based control console as well as a launch and handling system
equipped with four unmanned Archerfish™ neutralizer vehicles that destroy
mines via remote control from the operator in the MH-60S helicopter.

The advanced technologies of these systems deliver a comprehensive, end-to-end
solution – detection to neutralization – enabling the Navy to safely and
effectively execute its mission with reduced risk to its ships and crews.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billionand63,000employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning92years, 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
ascyber securityand a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us
atwww.raytheon.comand follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

Media Contact
Carolyn Beaudry
Raytheon Company
Integrated Defense Systems
+1.401.842.3550
idspr@raytheon.com

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