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RAYTHEON SERVICE CONTRACT CARRIES POTENTIAL VALUE OF $412 MILLION

 LEXINGTON, Mass. April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Service Company has been notified by the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command that it has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $412 million to operate and maintain the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands.
 Raytheon will work under the direction of the Army and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Lincoln Laboratories.
 The contract covers the technical and administrative personnel and materials necessary to operate and maintain the Kwajalein Atoll facility. It combines three previously separate technical efforts into a single, integrated program which includes virtually all of the atoll's technical support activity.
 Raytheon was competitively selected over two other candidates, a joint venture combining General Electric and GTE Government Systems; and another joint venture linking Computer Sciences Corporation, Xontech, and Westinghouse. The new contract represents a consolidation of two other contracts, previously managed by General Electric and GTE.
 The base contract, funded at $117 million, covers 42 months, with three two-year options which would extend its term to a total of 9-1/2 years. Phase-in for the project will begin this month, leading toward a fully-operational start-up date of Oct. 1.
 The Kwajalein Missile Range supports the Department of Defense and other government agencies for launching, tracking, and collecting data for guided missile and space vehicle programs. The range operates and maintains instrumentation sites on a number of islands throughout the Kwajalein Atoll to accomplish these objectives.
 The installed radar systems can deal with a spectrum of objects ranging from large aircraft to space debris at ranges extending from near-field to deep space.
 The contract also provides support to operate, maintain, and modify research, development, test, and evaluation efforts associated with five instrumentation radars, 10 telemetry/antenna systems, communications networks, optical data acquisition systems, range control, range engineering, and other functions. This portion of the contract will become effective Oct. 1, 1994.
 Patrick Roddy, Raytheon Service Company president, hailed the contract as an affirmation of the company's successful plan to grow its operations and maintenance management business in high technology areas.
 "Because this facility makes such an important contribution to the nation's core defense capabilities," Roddy said, "we're especially proud to receive this vote of confidence from the Army's Space and Strategic Defense Command.
 "The contract highlights the diversity of Raytheon's role in defense electronics -- efforts ranging from state-of-the-art missile systems and radar and sonar capabilities to the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to maintain complex facilities like the Kwajalein range."
 Roddy said Raytheon personnel will be assigned to support all the facilities covered in the contract.
 "Under full operations, this contract will require more than 600 employees. The specific number of Raytheon employees to be assigned to the work depends on the number of incumbent employees we retain."
 Raytheon Service Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company, maintains a number of ranges involving Pave Paws, BMEWS, and COBRA DANE phased array radars and is a joint venture partner with Computer Sciences Corporation supporting and tracking missile launches from Cape Canaveral.
 Raytheon Company, (NYSE: RTN) headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $9 billion diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Powers of Raytheon Company, 617-860-2415/
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