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Raytheon Seeks Technology Partnerships in India

NEW DELHI, India, Jan. 30, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will highlight its technology solutions that integrate advanced sensor and weapon systems for multi-role fighter aircraft at the inaugural Air Dominance Conference the firm is sponsoring Jan. 31- Feb. 1 as it intensifies its focus on India as a strategic market.

According to Walter F. Doran, Asia regional executive for Raytheon International, Inc., a long-term partnership approach in India with private and public-sector companies would be preferable to a buyer-seller relationship.

"This conference affirms Raytheon's continued commitment to be a trusted partner as India modernizes its armed forces and expands its defense industrial base," Doran said. "Raytheon's strong relationship with India spans more than 60 years and includes work with the Indian space research organization and the Airports Authority of India."

Raytheon's advanced systems currently equip many leading fighter platforms, including the F/A-18, F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 (the Joint Strike Fighter). A critical element of the company's integrated air dominance approach for India is Raytheon's family of active electronically scanned array radars. Other key factors are advanced targeting systems, sensor-to-weapon interoperability, integrated electronic warfare capability, and a variety of electro-optical/infrared and laser systems.

This approach in providing a fully integrated fighter system enhances the effectiveness of the air crew in air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Furthermore, fighter aircraft equipped with fully integrated systems allow aviators to support non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cruise missile defense missions more effectively.

"Its broad range of technologies and products positions Raytheon favorably to support India's long-term plans for updating its defense capabilities," said Wes Motooka, vice president for international business development at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "We have the expertise to provide integrated technology solutions that combine our advanced sensor and weapons systems, enhancing our customer's operational capabilities. With India constituting a key emerging market for us in Asia, we believe our ability in this area can be tailored to support the nation's unique needs over the coming years."

"Our approach to providing customers with air dominance solutions increases the versatility of combat aircraft, giving the commander a dynamic option without having to go out and find another system for a critical mission," said Tom Keck, vice president for Air Force programs at Raytheon Missile Systems.

Raytheon Company, with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.

Faith Jennings

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