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ARMY DEPLOYS UPGRADED PATRIOT FIRE UNITS

 LEXINGTON, Mass., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Army troops from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Fort Bliss, Texas, recently deployed upgraded Patriot air defense fire units.
 Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) is under contract to provide additional upgrade kits under the Army's Quick Reaction Program (QRP) for the U.S. Army, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel, and is also under contract to provide fire units in the QRP configuration for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
 The deployment of these improved units occurs slightly more than two years after Patriot missiles engaged Saddam Hussein's modified Scud missiles during Operation Desert Storm.
 It was during that conflict that the Patriot system achieved the first intercept of a TBM in combat. Patriot responded many times during Desert Storm to defend both Saudi Arabian and Israeli assets from Scud attacks. These engagements demonstrated the need to extend the area defended by Patriot and to minimize the effects of falling debris.
 Following the war, the Army and Strategic Defense Initiative organization (SDIO) initiated a series of near-term modifications to expand Patriot's defended area and increase its lethality against TBMs. These modifications, initiated under QRP, consist of improvements to Patriot radar, launcher and software.
 Raytheon indicated that the QRP upgrades "significantly extend Patriot's defended area against TBMs while increasing tactical flexibility, improving electronic countermeasure resistance, and allowing for more rapid emplacement."
 The program is managed by the U.S. Army program office, headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. Raytheon Company, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is the prime contractor for Patriot and for the modifications to the system.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/
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