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RAYTHEON NAMES WEGNER SENIOR VP, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF BEECH SUBSIDIARY

 LEXINGTON, Mass., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced the appointment today of Arthur E. Wegner as a senior vice president of the company and chairman and chief executive officer of its Beech Aircraft subsidiary, succeeding Max E. Bleck in that position. He will assume his new duties effective July 19.
 Wegner is a 20-year veteran of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), having served most recently as executive vice president and president of UTC's Aerospace and Defense Sector. Prior to that, he was president of the Pratt & Whitney Division and senior vice president, Power, for UTC.
 "We are very pleased to have Art Wegner join the company," said Dennis J. Picard, Raytheon's chairman and chief executive officer. "He is a seasoned and experienced executive and a proven leader. He will help us to meet the challenges we face and take full advantage of the global opportunities available to us."
 Beech Aircraft Corporation is one of the world's largest manufacturers of general aviation aircraft. The company produces a broad line of light jet, turboprop, and piston-powered aircraft including the Beechjet 400A; Starship 2000A; King Air 200, 300, and 350; Beech 1900 commuter airliners; and the Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza. Beech also provides aircraft to U.S. and foreign governments, including the U.S. Air Force's T-1A Jayhawk jet trainer, and builds missile target systems for the military.
 Max Bleck, Raytheon's president, who will remain as Group Executive, Aircraft Products for the company, said, "Art Wegner is the consummate aerospace professional. He knows the business, he knows the technology, and he knows the marketplace. We look forward to welcoming him aboard."
 Raytheon Company and British Aerospace (BAe) recently announced that Raytheon would acquire BAe's Corporate Jets, Ltd. subsidiary, manufacturer of the highly successful 125-series of business jets.
 Wegner will report to Bleck, as will the president of Corporate Jets, Ltd., once the acquisition is completed in the fall. Jack Braly will continue in his position as president of Beech Aircraft and report to Wegner.
 Wegner graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960, and after service with the Navy, earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration in 1969. Prior to joining United Technologies in 1973, he served as a consultant with Cresap, McCormick and Paget, and as Vice President, Planning & Administration for the Rust Engineering Division of Litton Industries.
 Wegner was chairman of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and holds membership on the boards of a number of professional, charitable, and philanthropic organizations.
 He is married to the former Patricia Vining. They have two children, Meleda Wegner and Dr. Elisabeth Wegner. The Wegners will reside in Wichita, Kan.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified $9 billion technology-based company with principal businesses in Electronics, Appliances, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental Engineering and Construction Services, and Publishing.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Powers of Raytheon, 617-860-2415/
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