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US Navy Conducts First Test of Raytheon's Standard Missile 6
WHITE SANDS, N.M., June 24, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy
successfully conducted the first test of the Standard Missile 6 extended
range anti-air warfare missile produced by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

    The missile, launched from the Navy's Desert Ship at the White Sands
Missile Range, successfully intercepted a BQM-74 aerial drone using the
newly developed SM-6 active seeker. The active seeker autonomously acquired
and engaged the target using the Navy's legacy command system, resulting in
a direct hit. This launch demonstrates the first successful integration of
the Navy's active missile technology into the weapon system to provide for
both near-term advanced anti-air warfare and future over-the-horizon

    Standard Missile 6 is being developed by Raytheon to meet the Navy's
requirement for an extended range anti-air warfare missile. Expected to
deploy in 2011, it provides capability against fixed and rotary wing
aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and delivers a transformational
over-the-horizon counter to the ever-evolving cruise missile threat.
Employing the Standard Missile-2 Block IVA airframe and the newly developed
active sensor, Standard Missile 6 will also have an inherent capability to
fulfill the Navy's sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense

    "Standard Missile 6 is the latest advance in Raytheon's ongoing
commitment to the Navy and its allies," said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon Missile
Systems' vice president of the Naval Weapons Systems product line. "This
test proves that Raytheon is on track to deliver this solution to the Navy
as scheduled."

    Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology
leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government
markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86
years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems
integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and
command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a
broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham,
Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

     Heather Uberuaga

SOURCE Raytheon Company



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