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RAYTHEON CITES ALTERNATIVE TO COMPETITORS' AIRBORNE JAMMER

 LEXINGTON, Mass. Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) said today it has discussed with U.S. and foreign officials the prospect of using its ALQ-187 electronic warfare system as an alternative to the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer (ASPJ) for use by international air forces.
 The ALQ-187 is an electronic countermeasure system that provides protection for military aircraft by jamming enemy radar and missile signals. The ASPJ, a competing electronic countermeasure system, was recently terminated by the U.S. Navy.
 "The ALQ-187 is a low-cost, low-risk alternative to the ASPJ," said Jack Gressingh, general manager of Raytheon's Electromagnetic Systems Division in Goleta, Calif. "In addition, the ALQ-187 fits with other defensive systems to enhance the protective shield available to aircraft like the F/A-18."
 Raytheon recently formed a strategic alliance with Litton Applied Technology and Tracor Aerospace to market and produce an advanced self- protection integrated suite (ASPIS).
 Raytheon's ALQ-187 is being integrated with the Litton threat warning system and Tracor's chaff/flare dispensing system used on the F/A-18. The team has already held discussions with several international officials and is marketing the integrated package in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.
 "The international sales thrust," Gressingh said, "is consistent with Raytheon's stated intention to increase foreign defense sales from the current 20 percent to 40 percent of overall defense sales over the next five years."
 Raytheon recently briefed U.S. officials on the ALQ-187's capabilities in response to a request for information on alternatives to the ASPJ.
 "The briefing gave us a good opportunity to describe the ALQ-187's features and advantages over ASPJ," Gressingh said.
 Among those features are the ALQ-187's ability to be integrated with existing avionics and installed in locations initially created for the ASPJ.
 "Since the ALQ-187 is fully compatible with the ASPJ mounting provisions on F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft, a nation that has already ordered an ASPJ-configured airframe can make a low-cost switch to the ALQ-187," Gressingh said. "We have made it easy for prospective customers to opt for our system."
 Raytheon's Electromagnetic Systems Division, based in Goleta, Calif., manufactures, in addition to the ALQ-187, the ALQ-184 pod electronic countermeasures system and the SLQ-32 ship-based electronic countermeasures system.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $9.3 billion, diversified, international, technology-based company active in four business segments: Electronics, Aviation, Energy and Environmental Services, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon Company, 617-860-2412/
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