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Raytheon Enters U.S. Army's New CIRCM Competition as Prime

TUCSON, Ariz., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) submitted its Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) proposal to the U.S. Army. Using mature, proven, in-production technology, Raytheon will compete as a prime to develop the next-generation directed infrared countermeasure system.

"We are an experienced contender and have made a significant investment for this type of technology development," said Mike Booen, Raytheon's vice president of the Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems product line. "Ever since the U.S. Army's Broad Area Announcement, our team has made significant advances to ensure we meet the customer's requirements. Our CIRCM system is ready to go, and I know the Army will be extremely pleased with our light, reliable and producible system."

Raytheon's pointer-tracker system is scalable and has demonstrated modular open system architecture. For the purpose of CIRCM, Raytheon will use Northrop Grumman's ASALTT(TM) quantum cascade laser and Curtiss-Wright's COTS processors.

"Leveraging more than eight years of time-tested technologies, Raytheon is uniquely positioned to create a countermeasures solution that jams the infrared guidance systems of heat-seeking missiles and diverts them away from the aircraft," said Booen.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 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.

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