Raytheon to Demonstrate New High-Data Rate Technology at MILCOM

Nov. 17, 2008

Solution to dramatically improve quality of the battlefield common operating picture

SAN DIEGO , Nov. 17, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and L-3 Communications are developing new technology that dramatically improves the common operating picture of every soldier on the battlefield.

The companies will highlight this combination of modem technology, highly directional antennas, and robust routing of data over networks at the MILCOM 2008 conference, Nov. 17-19 , in San Diego .

"Getting intelligence and surveillance information to the right place at the right time is the key to network centric warfare," said Jerry Powlen , vice president, Raytheon Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "This solution addresses this very real challenge by bringing new technology to the edge of the battlefield."

Raytheon's solution establishes seamless, robust and rapid network connections and maintains them regardless of operational conditions in the air, on land, or at sea. It has been field tested in a military environment and enables the warfighter to focus on the primary mission.

This mobile ad hoc network capability is critical to high-data applications where significant amounts of information can be lost if communications are down -- even if only for a matter of seconds.

"L-3's advanced software-defined modem technology supports data rates in the 100s to 1000s of millions of bits per second in either continuous or pulsed modes, which allow aperture sharing with radar pulses," said Susan Opp , president, L-3 Communications Systems-West. "Sharing critical information over radar apertures mitigates the need for additional platform space because existing radar apertures are already installed on aircraft, ground vehicles and ships."

For more information on MILCOM, please visit www.milcom.org.

Headquartered in New York City , L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2007 sales of $14 billion. L-3 Communication Systems-West, located in Salt Lake City, Utah , has provided robust, mobile, microwave satellite terminals and wideband data links for airborne platforms, including manned and unmanned platforms, operating in a variety of environments for more than 40 years. To learn more about L-3 Communication Systems-West, visit the company's Web site at www.L-3com.com/CSW.

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.

Raytheon Contact: MB Hodgkiss 508.490.2607 781.254.3428 (mobile) L-3 Communications Contact: Pattie Fekete 801-864-5315

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