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|Raytheon Reaches Production Milestone on Critical Communications Capability|
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has reached a key milestone with the production of its 20,000th Enhanced Position Location Reporting System. EPLRS is the most widely deployed, mobile, ad-hoc networking system on the battlefield, providing simultaneous data, video and situational awareness information.
EPLRS has been in production since 1986 and has been fielded by all four branches of the U.S. military as well as Canadian forces. Used in airborne, vehicular, and dismounted applications, EPLRS enables sharing of tactical situational awareness, command and control information and voice communication.
"Raytheon's EPLRS provides soldiers with an integrated, affordable battlefield communications system," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "It provides key communications capabilities to coordinate today's tactical military operations and is interoperable with new battlefield systems as they come on line."
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 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. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.