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Raytheon Receives the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for the AFATDS.

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, U.S. Tactical Military Communications Market, selected Raytheon as the recipient of the 2005 Technology Leadership Award for its Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS). AFATDS is a multi-service combined forces fire support command and control battle command system for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

Each year, a company that demonstrates excellence in technology leadership within its industry receives this Award. The recipient has demonstrated technology leadership by excelling in all stages of the technology life cycle.

AFATDS provides fully automated support for planning, coordinating, controlling, and supporting fire. It complements weapons such as mortars, field artillery cannons, close air support, attack helicopters, guided missiles, and naval surface fire.

AFATDS is also a fire support "server" to local area networks and Tactical Internet clients. It is used in all U.S. Army echelons from weapons platoon to corps and in the Marine Corps from firing battery to Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters. AFATDS is also installed aboard U.S. Navy amphibious ships.

AFATDS conducts fire missions using distributed processing capabilities. While these missions flow through the fire support chain, AFATDS matches the target attack criteria with the optimal weapon systems.

"The automation provided by AFATDS offers the right mix of firing platforms and munitions to defeat enemy targets," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Brad Curran. "AFATDS also helps control assets and allocate resources by supporting personnel assignments, collecting and forwarding intelligence information, and controlling supply and maintenance functions."

Raytheon adheres rigidly to defense standards while guiding the development of the AFATDS software. By using the Capability Maturity Model process, the Integrated Product Development System, and adding new functions, it met nearly 5000 system needs and 8500 software requirements on schedule and on budget.

"AFATDS' robust communications architecture can provide common understanding of the fire support situation to the entire operations theater and ensures that fire support weapons are used effectively," observes Curran. "With AFATDS, commanders can spot the location of every fire support platform on the battlefield, its ammunition status, its range capability, and the available response time."

Raytheon's proactive leadership in developing tactical mobile networks has rightly earned it the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com.
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