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Raytheon receives $500 million award for chemical weapons destruction.

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 1996--Raytheon Engineers & Constructors announced today that it has received a $500 million award to continue to operate the U.S. Army's chemical weapons destruction facility in the Pacific for the next five years. Called the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS), the facility is located on Johnston Island, 800 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Under the contract, Raytheon will provide overall management of the facility, as well as engineering, procurement, and logistical support services.

Raytheon Demilitarization Company, a unit of Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, will perform the work.

The award is the third five-year JACADS contract Raytheon has received from the Army. The combined value of the two previous contracts was $660 million.

The JACADS facility is the world's first full-scale chemical weapons destruction facility and the prototype facility for the eight follow-on sites planned in the continental United States. To date, more than two million pounds of nerve gas and blister agent have been destroyed at the JACADS facility. More than 72,000 rockets, 45,000 projectiles, and 5,000 bombs carrying these agents have also been destroyed.

"We are pleased to continue our work for the Army at the JACADS facility," said Fred Hissong, president of Raytheon Demilitarization Company and JACADS program manager for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors. "We've gone from verification testing and refining the destruction process in the program's early years to destroying record quantities of chemical agent this past year.

"This facility had stocked approximately seven percent of the world's supply of chemical weapons. Through our outstanding demilitarization team, we have achieved safe, systematic destruction of more than 25 percent of the island's inventory and are scheduled to finish this work and decommission the facility by 2001."

Raytheon Engineers & Constructors is one of the largest engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance firms in the world. It is one of the four business segments of Raytheon Company, a $12 billion international high technology company that is also active in the commercial and defense electronics, aviation, and major appliances markets.

CONTACT: Raytheon Company

Edward Powers, 617/860-2415
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