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Raytheon - Thomson-CSF Joint Venture Awarded NATO's ACCS LOC1.

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 1999--

Air Command Systems International (ACSI), a joint venture equally owned by Raytheon Company and Thomson-CSF, was today awarded by the NATO Air Command and Control Management Agency the contract for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Air Command and Control System Level of Capability 1 (ACCS LOC1). The program, valued at approximately $500 million, will provide NATO with a fully interoperable, common air operations command and control system to support all offensive and defensive air operations, as well as military air traffic control, command and control resource management, and airspace management for NATO countries in Europe. Additional contracts with four NATO Nations (Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy) for validation sites will be awarded shortly.

"We are pleased that the NATO has recognized the value of Raytheon and Thomson-CSF technology capabilities and has committed to significantly strengthening its air command and control capabilities," said Raytheon Systems Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William H. Swanson. "We are proud to provide NATO resources that will meet its need for ever-increasing air command and control effectiveness and ensure its air superiority."

"The Thomson-CSF - Raytheon relationship goes back many years and both companies have long, accomplished histories of success in the design, development and implementation of air command and control systems," said Denis Ranque, Thomson-CSF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It has grown today into a powerful array of joint activities. The ACCS LOC1 is a milestone event for both companies."

The ACCS LOC1 is a replacement for the existing NATO air command and control system (NATO Air Defense Ground Environment (NADGE)) installed in the 1970s. It will also provide centralized command and decentralized execution capability through a combination of an in-place static backbone and a Deployable ACCS Component (DAC).

NATO endorsed the concept of evolutionary implementation towards the full ACCS capability, implying that the implementation of ACCS will take place in several increments, known as Levels of Operational Capability (LOC), the first of which is LOC1. Each increment will be implemented through a development and validation phase, followed by a replication phase. The initial ACCS LOC1 program covers the development of the core software, its validation at the System Test and Validation Facility and at four operational sites, and its subsequent replication at other operational sites.

Air Command Systems International is headquartered in Paris, France. ACSI was formed in December 1996 for the pursuit and execution of the NATO ACCS LOC1 program, and is responsible for program management, system engineering, hardware procurement, subcontracts management, integration and test, quality and logistics support. Major subcontracts to the prime ACSI include Raytheon, Thomson-CSF, Alenia Marconi Systems Ltd. and Spa, British Aerospace, and Dornier.

Based in over 40 countries, Thomson-CSF is a world leader in professional electronics for related commercial and defense markets. Thomson-CSF develops and supports advanced electronic equipment and systems to meet security, information and communication needs throughout the world. Activities encompass everything from components to large-scale systems, for all sectors where electronics and computing technologies play a crucial role.

Raytheon is a global technology leader that provides products and services in the areas of commercial and defense electronics, engineering and construction, and business and special mission aircraft. It has operations throughout the United States and serves customers in more than 80 countries around the world.
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