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 GOLETA, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced it has signed a $48.7 million contract with Litton Applied Technology International (NYSE: LIT) to produce 33 Improved Defensive Integrated Avionics Systems (I-DIAS) for Greek F-16 fighters. The jammer, also known as the ALQ-187, will be built at Raytheon's plant in Goleta, Calif.
 The government of Greece recently chose an alliance of Raytheon, Litton, and Tracor to supply the Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suite (ASPIS) consisting of the Raytheon AN/ALQ-187 jammer, a Litton Radar Warning Receiver, and the Tracor Threat-Adaptive Countermeasures Dispensing System. Litton is the prime contractor for the program, and this award is the first to be won by the Alliance since it was formed late last year.
 Jack L. Gressingh, Raytheon vice president and general manager of its Electromagnetic Systems Division in Goleta, said, "We're convinced that in choosing the alliance, the Hellenic Air Force has selected the best all-around internal countermeasures suite available to the international market today. This win is especially gratifying since it represents an important step in our plan to increase international defense sales.
 "Adding the ALQ-187 system to our product line in Goleta complements the ALQ-184 self-protect pod system currently being manufactured.
 "With these different systems in production," Gressingh added, "we can truly offer an electronic countermeasure choice to our customers -- a pod or internal system."
 The ALQ-187 is an improved version of the Defensive Integrated Avionics System (DIAS) now operational on A-7 and F-4 aircraft. Gressingh said the ALQ-187 "is fully capable of dealing with a wide range of scenarios. Further, it is compatible with F-16 mounting provisions."
 Besides the ALQ-187, Raytheon's Electromagnetic Systems Division builds the U.S. Navy SLQ-32 standard electronic warfare ship defense system, the U.S. Air Force ALQ-184 self-protect pod, and the ALR-50 system -- all at its Goleta facility.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, international, $9 billion technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aviation, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/

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