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RAYTHEON AWARDED $69.8 MILLION FAA CONTRACT FOR LANDING SYSTEMS

 RAYTHEON AWARDED $69.8 MILLION FAA CONTRACT FOR LANDING SYSTEMS
 MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $69.8 million contact to Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to develop Category II/III Microwave Landing Systems (MLS) to provide precision approach and landing guidance for commercial and general aviation.
 MLS will furnish guidance in restricted visibility conditions as severe as Category III, or a 100-foot ceiling. The contract calls for the development and delivery of six systems, with options for six additional systems and associated equipment and services. The systems will be used for comprehensive testing purposes prior to full- scale production.
 MLS will be developed by a team led by Raytheon's Equipment Division, headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., and encompassing facilities in Sudbury, Wayland, and Waltham, Mass. Raytheon will be the prime contractor, responsible for program management, systems engineering, and angle guidance electronics and software development. Textron Defense Systems of Wilmington, Mass., will develop Precision Distance Measuring Equipment, and ESSCO, Inc., of Concord, Mass., will provide shelters and radomes.
 Walter H. Stowell, Raytheon senior vice president and Equipment Division general manager, said, "Follow-on production contracts could total $1 billion over the next decade."
 MLS will replace the Instrument Landing Systems in use for more than 30 years. The International Civil Aviation Organization has mandated the use of MLS as the primary precision approach aid by 1998.
 "In this era of declining defense budgets," Stowell noted, "the MLS program joins our other successful FAA programs, managed within our Air Traffic Control Directorate, which constitute an important part of Raytheon's growing air traffic control business.
 "The MLS program gives us an opportunity to apply our experience in defense technologies to support the FAA in its mission to provide safe, accurate landing services to airlines and the flying public."
 Raytheon's recently-formed International Air Traffic Control Directorate has been selected for major contracts within the past year for systems in Norway, The Netherlands, and Germany. In addition, the company is currently constructing a Terminal Doppler Weather Radar system at Memphis International Airport, the first of 47 such systems planned for airports throughout the U.S.
 Raytheon Company, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $9.3 billion diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
 Note to Editors: This contract was first announced by the FAA on June 15.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Powers of Raytheon, 617-860-2415/
 (RTN) CO: Raytheon COmpany ST: Massacusetts IN: ARO SU: CON


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