Raytheon Develops Technology to Help Aircraft Protect Ground Forces

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. , May 14, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has authorized Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to demonstrate target recognition technology designed to increase protection for ground forces without compounding risk to an aircraft stalking enemies who threaten those forces.

First in a laboratory and then aloft, the company expects to show how its Air-to-Ground Radar Imaging II program would permit aircraft at a safe distance to detect, track and target hostile forces in motion on the ground. The laboratory demonstration is expected in autumn 2008, followed by a flight next spring aboard a Raytheon test aircraft.

Advanced high-resolution radar can monitor activity from distances of more than 50 miles. Raytheon expects the demonstrations to prove software the company developed for a target recognition system mounted on a manned or unmanned aircraft will permit current radar technology to accomplish this new mission. Raytheon leads a team that includes BAE Systems and SAIC.

"We want to protect the warfighter in the air and on the ground as much as possible," said Nick Uros , vice president for Advanced Concepts and Technology at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "One way is to use an automatic target recognition system at a stand-off location. We're proud to be able to help the Air Force develop this important technology."

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of sensor systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2007 revenues of $4.3 billion and 12,000 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif . Additional facilities are in Goleta, Calif. ; Forest, Miss. ; Dallas , McKinney and Plano, Texas ; and several international locations.

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

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