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UPGRADED PATRIOT MISSLE SYSTEM PASSES ANOTHER FLIGHT TEST

 LEXINGTON, Mass., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A Patriot missile with an enhanced guidance system scored a hit on a surrogate tactical ballistic missile target recently at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
 The successful test was the second of three scheduled for the Patriot Guidance Enhancement Missile (GEM).
 The Patriot program is managed by the U.S. Army Patriot Project Office in Huntsville, Alabama. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is the prime contractor for both the Patriot and the anti-tactical missile modifications to the system.
 GEM modifications include reduced missile noise, resulting in greater sensitivity against low-profile targets. The enhancements also include greater accuracy and improved warhead fuze lethality against high speed targets.
 Patriot accomplished the first intercept of a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) during Operation Desert Storm. Throughout the Gulf War, Patriot was called upon repeatedly to defend Saudi Arabian and Isreali assets against Iraqi Scud missiles. Those engagements illustrated the need to improve Patriot's performance against a wide proliferation of TBM threats.
 Following the war, the Army initiated a structured growth plan to improve Patriot's performance against more sophisticated TBMs.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, technology-based $9 billion international company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/
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