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MODIFIED PATRIOT RADARS PASS PERFORMANCE TEST

 LEXINGTON, Mass., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly-enhanced Patriot radar system successfully detected and tracked an especially designed tactical ballistic missile (TBM) recently during a test conducted over the Pacific Ocean.
 The test, conducted off the Island of Kwajalein, was the first in a series to be conducted by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) to evaluate the performance of radars against sophisticated TBM threats.
 The objective of the initial test was to evaluate the performance of an advanced development model Patriot radar using a prototype wide frequency bandwidth signal processor against a TBM designed to break apart upon reentry into the atmosphere.
 The results show that the Patriot radar tracked the incoming TBM, observed the missile breakup upon reentry, and distinguished the missile's payload from other missile debris that splashed down.
 Discriminating a TBM's payload, or warhead, from debris after breakup became important during the Gulf War because of similar behavior by Iraqi modified Scud missiles.
 Data collected during these tests will be used to help upgrade Patriot's performance against TBMs under the government's funded Patriot Growth Program.
 Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), based in Lexington, Mass., is a technology- based, international $9 billion company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aviation Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/
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