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RAYTHEON DIVISION SELECTED FOR AIRBORNE MINEHUNTING SYSTEM

 RAYTHEON DIVISION SELECTED FOR AIRBORNE MINEHUNTING SYSTEM
 PORTSMOUTH, R.I., Dec. 17 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Submarine Signal Division has been selected by the U.S. Navy to design and produce the AN/AQS-20 airborne minehunting system.
 A contract is to be awarded following a formal program review, which is scheduled to be completed before July 1992. The contract will cover a multi-million dollar engineering and development effort directed toward the delivery of two engineering development models.
 Raytheon's Portsmouth-based division will develop, build, and test the helicopter-towed underwater mine detecting system and deliver the models to the Naval Air Systems Command.
 The AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detecting Set will consist of high- resolution sonar sensors housed in a towed underwater vehicle. The system will be towed at high speeds by an MH-53E helicopter to detect, classify and localize mine-like objects. An existing onboard navigation system will be integrated and used to identify the precise location of the sonar contacts.
 "This award is based largely on the Division's mine warfare systems experience, which allowed us to achieve design-to-cost goals for this procurement," said C. Dale Reis, Raytheon vice president and Submarine Signal Division general manager. "We did this by capitalizing on our ongoing internal investments in signal and data processing, as well as our advanced transducer technology expertise."
 The AN/AQS-20 system provides such functions as vehicle control, signal processing, computer-aided detection and classification, localization of contacts, and display avionics. In addition, it provides a data link to convey data between the helicopter and a remote command center. The command and control center provides mission control information, as well as display information sent from the helicopter.
 The AN/AQS-20 is a next-generation, follow-on system to the Navy's existing AN/AQS-14 minehunting program. Providing support to Raytheon on this assignment will be Presearch, Inc., of Fairfax, Va., engaged in software development and test planning; and Charles Stark Draper Laboratories of Cambridge, Mass., which will help design the new underwater vehicle.
 Submarine Signal Division produces a range of undersea warfare systems for domestic and international customers. The division designed and produced the U.S. Navy's newest minehunting sonar system, the AN/SQQ-32.
 Besides minehunting systems, Raytheon's Submarine Signal Division is a leading producer of submarine and surface ship sonars, shipboard combat control systems, anti-submarine warfare training systems, magnetic and acoustic measurement devices, underwater communications and navigation systems, hard copy recording devices, and transducers.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, international, technology-based company active in electronics, aviation, appliances, industry and environmental services, publishing and construction.
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