TUCSON, Ariz., March 17, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force accepted
delivery of Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) first Miniature Air Launched Decoy
low rate initial production unit.
"The warfighter now has an incredible new capability thanks to the hard
work of hundreds of Raytheon employees, suppliers, dedicated Air Force civil
servants, uniformed service members and support personnel," said Ken Watson,
the U.S. Air Force's MALD(TM) program manager. "MALD will work in concert with
other electronic warfare assets as part of a system of systems to shape the
electronic warfare battlespace and ensure our aviators and their coalition
partners return home safely to their loved ones."
MALD protects aircrews and their aircraft by duplicating the combat flight
profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. MALD is a
state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and
programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately
500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles).
"With this first delivery under our belts, Raytheon is on track to meet
the U.S. Air Force's required asset availability date of March 2010," said
Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems.
"We're committed to on-time delivery, since the warfighter is counting on us
to provide them with the flexibility and capability inherent in MALD."
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 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 87 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 73,000 people worldwide.
Note to Editors:
In November 2008, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named
Raytheon's MALD the winner of the 2008 Program Excellence Award in System
Research and Development.
More than 125 Raytheon employees design and build the MALD and MALD-J in
Tucson, Ariz., Goleta, Calif., and El Segundo, Calif.
Hundreds of employees in scores of businesses across the U.S. design and
manufacture MALD and MALD-J components. Major suppliers include: AUSCO, Port
Washington, N.Y.; BAE, Berthoud, Colo.; CEI, Sacramento, Calif.; Celestica,
Austin, Texas; Eagle Pitcher, Joplin, Mo.; EDO, Bohemia, N.Y.; Enser, Pinellas
Park, Fla.; Engineered Fabrics Corp, Rockmart, Ga.; GDOTS, Redmond, Wash.;
Hamilton-Sundstrand, Rockford, Ill.; Hamilton-Sundstrand, San Diego; LaBarge,
Joplin, Mo.; Moog, East Aurora, N.Y.; Tecom, Westlake Village, Calif.
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