Raytheon Awarded $11 million to develop directed energy technology for light vehicle deployment

 Raytheon Awarded $11 million to develop directed energy technology for light
                              vehicle deployment

U.S. Marine Corps field testing vehicle-based laser weapons

PR Newswire

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Laser weapon systems moved a
step closer to reality with the award of an $11 million contract to Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN). Under an Office of Naval Research program, Raytheon will
develop a vehicle-based laser device capable of defeating low-flying threats
such as enemy drones.

The Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) Directed Energy On-the-Move Future Naval
Capabilities program calls for a field demonstration of a Humvee-mounted
short-range laser weapon system with a minimum power output of 25kW. The
Raytheon-built laser will be packaged to meet the U.S. Marine Corps' demanding
size, weight and power requirements.

"Raytheon's laser solution generates high power output in a small,
light-weight rugged package ideally suited for mobile platforms," said Bill
Hart, vice president of Raytheon Space Systems.

Raytheon's planar waveguide (PWG) technology is the key to its unique approach
to high energy lasers. Using a single PWG, the size and shape of a 12 inch
ruler, Raytheon high energy lasers generate sufficient power to effectively
engage small aircraft.

"Our PWG laser architecture is scalable: We can achieve increasingly higher
power levels with the same compact design we're using for GBAD," Hart said.
"Raytheon is paving the way for fielded directed energy weapon systems in the
very near future with the demonstration of a Marine Humvee-based high energy
laser."

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.

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