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RAYTHEON WINS AIR FORCE CONTRACT FOR RADAR AND COMMUNICATIONS SITES

 LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Service Company has been notified by the U.S. Air Force Space Command that it has been awarded a consolidated contract with a potential value of $81 million to operate and maintain several Solid State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS) sites.
 Under two existing contracts, Raytheon Service Company, an operating arm of Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, currently provides operations and maintenance services on SSPARS sites at Cape Cod Air Station in Massachusetts, Beale Air Force Base in California, Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, and Eldorado Air Station in Texas. Raytheon also currently operates and maintains the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) at Thule Air Base in Greenland. Raytheon's contract for Eldorado, Robins, and Thule expires September 30, 1994; the contract for Cape Cod and Beale, which would have expired September 30, 1996, is being terminated two years early to match the consolidation.
 In an effort to streamline administration and cost, the Air Force Space Command combined the two current contracts and added additional scope of work. Under the new consolidated 5-year contract, effective October 1, Raytheon will continue to operate all four SSPARS sites in the United States as well as the BMEWS site at Thule Air Base. Additionally, the new contract calls for Raytheon to provide operations and maintenance support for U.S. communications and the BMEWS SSPARS at Thule; and U.S. communications support at Royal Air Force Fylingdales in the United Kingdom.
 "We are excited about this opportunity to continue providing these vital national defense services to the Air Force Space Command," said Patrick Roddy, president of Raytheon Service Company. "Operation of complex electronic systems is our strength and this award is further recognition of our capabilities."
 The phased array radar system provides for early warning of intercontinental ballistic missile and sea-launched ballistic missile attacks on the North American continent. It also furnishes attack characterization data to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Space Command, Strategic Command, and National Command Authorities. Additionally, SSPARS provides space surveillance support in tracking orbiting space objects.
 As prime contractor for the SSPARS and the missile early warning system, Raytheon was responsible for the design, development, fabrication, installation, and testing of the four SSPARS and two BMEWS sites.
 Raytheon Engineers & Constructors is one of the largest engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance firms in the world. It is one of the four business segments of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), a $9.2 billion diversified technology company that also operates worldwide in the electronics, aircraft, and appliances industries.
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 /CONTACT: June Scangarello, 212-839-1444, for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors/
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