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RAYTHEON AWARDED $71 MILLION CONTRACT FOR MINEHUNTING SONAR

 RAYTHEON AWARDED $71 MILLION CONTRACT FOR MINEHUNTING SONAR
 PORTSMOUTH, R.I., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's


Submarine Signal Division has been awarded a $71 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the production of six AN/SQQ-32 variable depth minehunting sonar systems.
 The contract also covers spare parts, logistic support, options for two additional towed sonars, and hardware for an onboard trainer.
 The AN/SQQ-32 sonar, regarded as the world's most sophisticated minehunting system, was deployed during the Gulf War aboard the USS Avenger in what was the first combat test for both the ship and the sonar.
 The Avenger played a major role in clearing the largest mine field encountered since the Korean War. It was a complex network of more than 1,000 magnetically and acoustically influenced mines.
 "The AN/SQQ-32 was extremely effective operating in what proved to be a very challenging and dangerous environment," said C. Dale Reis, Raytheon vice president and general manager of the Submarine Signal Division. "The sonar located and classified live moored and bottom mines in difficult, shallow-water areas littered with numerous non-mine objects."
 The AN/SQQ-32 also contributed to a breakthrough in mine warfare. The U.S. Navy was able to locate, identify, and neutralize a 'live', influence-type bottom mine for the first time under combat conditions.
 "This particular type of mine had previously been considered by many to be invisible to sonar," Reis added, "and thus immune to existing minehunting tactics employing sonar."
 The AN/SQQ-32 sonar possesses enhanced performance attributes in ship safety, area coverage, detection range, and classification range and accuracy. It utilizes computer-aided detection and classification, has multiple operating frequencies, and gathers sonar data from two independent, acoustic detection and classification arrays. These arrays are located in a variable depth towed body and operate simultaneously.
 System deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 1994, and completed in December 1994. Work will be performed at Portsmouth, R.I. Five systems will be installed on MHC Osprey class minehunting vessels, and one system will be backfit into an ocean-going Avenger class mine countermeasures ship.
 Additional system hardware delivered by Raytheon will be utilized by the Navy for a combat information center (CIC) now being developed by the Naval Coastal Systems Command in Panama City, Fla.
 The Submarine Signal Division developed the AN/SQQ-32sonar under a previous Navy contract. The division received an initial production award in early 1989 for two systems, plus refurbishment of two engineering development models.
 Eleven production systems were ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1990, with three of the systems destined for foreign military sales (FMS) for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
 Thomson Sintra of France has been teamed with Raytheon since the development of the AN/SQQ-32 sonar and provides part of the sonar system.
 Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, technology-based company active in electronics, major appliances, aviation, energy and environmental services, construction and publishing. The company recorded sales of $9.3 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412?
 (RTN) CO: Raytheon Company ST: Massachusetts IN: ARO SU: CON


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