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Raytheon JPS Communications and Nextel Advance Radio Systems Interoperability.

RALEIGH, N.C. & RESTON, Va. -- Nextel Direct Connect(R) -- First Commercial Push To Talk(TM) Walkie-Talkie Product to Completely Integrate with ACU-1000(TM) System

Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) and Raytheon JPS Communications (NYSE: RTN) today announced a strategic alliance to break down the barriers of communication between disparate radio systems, enabling interoperability between systems that were previously incompatible. Working together, the companies are improving communications capabilities across a range of government and business needs - from emergency situations for first responders to field service operations for utilities and manufacturers.

Raytheon JPS Communications, an industry leader in communications interoperability, will work with Nextel to bring its patented ACU-1000(TM) technology to the marketplace by taking advantage of Nextel's proven Direct Connect(R) digital walkie-talkie service. Nextel Direct Connect is the only commercial Push To Talk(TM) walkie-talkie product that can effectively interconnect with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems via the ACU-1000(TM). This patch enables interoperability between multiple radio systems operating on different frequencies. The integrated solution bridges the "communications gap" so organizations using Direct Connect(R) can easily communicate with other groups that use LMR systems.

"Joining forces with Nextel to promote solutions for interoperable communications is an important initiative for Raytheon JPS Communications," said Jeff Critser, vice president and general manager of Raytheon JPS Communications. "This alliance will allow both companies to extend their leadership in public safety communications through technological synergies that are unique in the marketplace."

The alliance includes joint solutions development, sales and marketing activities. This initiative reinforces the long-standing commitment both Raytheon JPS Communications and Nextel have to supplying the most advanced communications technology to federal, state and local government agencies as well as energy, utility and manufacturing companies.

"Nextel and Raytheon JPS Communications are focused on removing the technical and financial obstacles to instant communication on the frontlines of government and business - allowing mobile workers to get work done wherever they are," said Susan Nelson, vice president of alliances and partners at Nextel. "We provide investment protection for our customers by allowing interoperability among organizations with dissimilar communications systems - without requiring replacement of their backbone infrastructure."

Raytheon JPS Communications' flagship product is the ACU-1000(TM). Customers needing a smaller solution can turn to the ACU-T, which has much of the ACU-1000's functionality but in a smaller, more portable design. Disparate radio systems are plugged into an ACU switch and the Push To Talk audio stream is translated between radio systems and enhanced with JPS' digital signal processing technology. The solution works with most two-way radio systems, including but not limited to dispatch center console systems. Coupled with JPS' radio over Internet protocol (RoIP)/voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) products, the ACU-1000 can be networked to provide hundreds of nodes for larger applications and for wide area interoperability systems (WAIS).

About Raytheon JPS Communications

Raytheon JPS Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, designs, manufactures and sells electronic hardware and software products that enhance the effectiveness of communications systems. The company's mission is to extend communications capabilities through the use of advanced digital technology. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, the company's focus is on Radio Interconnect Products. Raytheon JPS offers unsurpassed local, regional, state, and wide-area interoperability by linking radios (HF, UHF, & VHF), Nextel, SATCOM, cellular, WiFi and regular phones directly and over networks.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.

About Nextel Communications

Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500(R) companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 259 million people live or work.
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Date:Oct 27, 2004
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