Raytheon, Army Partnership Recognized with Defense Logistics Award

MCKINNEY, Texas, Sept. 28, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) partnership with the U.S. Army has been named the winner of the Defense Department's 2007 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (Sub-System Level) Award...


MCKINNEY, Texas, Sept. 28, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) partnership with the U.S. Army has been named the winner of the Defense Department's 2007 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (Sub-System Level) Award.

The partnership on Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Contractor Logistics Support was cited by DoD for dramatically improving the mission success of the ITAS through innovative performance based logistics.

Against a requirement of 90 percent, the Raytheon ITAS CLS team achieved an average operational readiness rate of 99.7 percent for the Army's 782 ITAS. That performance along with significant improvement in repair times has resulted in an estimated cost savings of nearly $300 million for the Army.

The award acknowledges the outstanding government-industry partnership of Raytheon's Network Centric Systems Contractor Logistics Support team and the Army in establishing a benchmark program for maintenance and mission support for the ITAS program.

"We're very proud of the work done by the ITAS CLS team with the Army," said Glynn Raymer, vice president of Combat Systems at Network Centric Systems. "This award recognizes our unwavering commitment to supporting our men and women in uniform, the outstanding combat readiness and performance of the ITAS, as well as our customer's satisfaction with the overall system."

Network Centric Systems is in the first year of a ten-year, firm-fixed- price contract to provide performance based logistics and mission support for this Army and Marine Corps tactical system. The contract requires Raytheon to provide worldwide logistics support to Army and Marine Corps operations at garrison locations, training centers, and in combat operations around the world. The ITAS CLS program is managed out of Raytheon's McKinney, Texas, facility with field service representatives located around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan .

Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85 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.

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ITAS is an advanced Electro-Optic Target Acquisition Fire Control System. It guides TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-Guided) weapon systems to their targets. The targeting system significantly increases TOW's effective range, improves the weapon's ability to hit a target with minimal collateral damage and allows a soldier to engage and destroy targets from safe distances. ITAS's 2nd generation FLIR (forward-looking infrared) sensor provides long- range reconnaissance and surveillance capability 24/7, in all weather and battlefield conditions. ITAS is fielded in Operation Iraqi Freedom and

Operation Enduring Freedom by the Army and the Marine Corps, where it has demonstrated its value in all phases of the conflict.

The Secretary of Defense PBL Awards recognizes outstanding government- industry partnerships at the system, subsystem and component level.

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