Australia names Raytheon for Air Warfare Destroyer program

CANBERRA, Australia, 21 April 2005. Raytheon Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Co., has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence as the preferred bidder for the combat system-system engineer project for the Royal Australian Navy's $4.6 billion ($6 billion Australian) Air Warfare Destroyer program.

CANBERRA, Australia, 21 April 2005. Raytheon Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Co., has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence as the preferred bidder for the combat system-system engineer project for the Royal Australian Navy's $4.6 billion ($6 billion Australian) Air Warfare Destroyer program.

"The announcement of Raytheon Australia as the preferred bidder recognizes Raytheon's mission systems integration expertise," said Raytheon Australia Managing Director Ron Fisher.

"We look forward to working closely with Defence -- particularly the Defence Materiel Organisation -- the ship designer, builder, and the U.S. Navy. We are all aware that the air warfare destroyer program is an important strategic national procurement. Raytheon recognizes this and continues to invest in Australia with skilled development programs across all engineering, financial and program management disciplines as well as active cross-pollination of people from both sides of the Pacific."

Dan Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Tewksbury, Mass., said, "Our excellent record in mission systems integration in Australia and internationally, including the Collins Class Submarines Replacement Combat System, Electronic Warfare Training Services for the Australian Defence Force, and the U.S. Navy's DD(X) destroyers and LPD-17 amphibious ships, will facilitate the transfer of experience and expertise to ensure Australia achieves a world-class capability in its new air warfare destroyers when they enter service over the next decade."

Raytheon Australia will join Lockheed Martin on the Royal Australian Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program as the in-country Combat System-System Engineer (CSSE). The announcement follows the August 2004 selection of Lockheed Martin as the provider of the Aegis Weapon System for the three-ship program.

"We welcome and look forward to working with Raytheon Australia on the AWD program," said Orlando Carvalho, vice president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors' Surface Systems line of business. "We have an existing relationship with them on a number of other naval programs in the U.S. and abroad, including the U.S. Navy Aegis program. By partnering with Australian industry, we believe that Aegis will contribute significantly to increased interoperability for both Australia and the United States."

Raytheon Australia is a mission systems integrator providing solutions for the Australian Defence Force in the sea, land and air environments. With more than 1000 people across Australia, Raytheon Australia has a focused engineering and technical workforce, backed up by sound, audited and certified program management and quality processes.

Raytheon Co., with 2004 sales of $20.2 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 80,000 people worldwide. For more information, see www.raytheon.com.

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