Raytheon team bids for Army cargo plane contract

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 12 Jan. 2006. A team of Raytheon, EADS CASA North America and M7 Aerospace have joined forces to bid for the U.S. Army's Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA) contract.

Jan 12th, 2006

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 12 Jan. 2006. A team of Raytheon, EADS CASA North America and M7 Aerospace have joined forces to bid for the U.S. Army's Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA) contract.

The group, called Team FCA, is offering the combat-proven CN-235/C-295 military transport aircraft for the FCA mission.

A crucial part of the deal is mission support, which is based on an integrated approach to predict customer needs, sense potential problems, and proactively respond with solutions so customers can focus on their missions.

Raytheon Company's worldwide support network will meet that challenge by delivering operational availability to ensure the FCA is at the right place at the right time, every time, for the warfighter, the company says.

"Team FCA's military aircraft has the highest operational availability in its class and provides the lowest cost of ownership," said Jim Hvizd, Team FCA vice president. "That means warfighters can depend on FCA to deliver time- sensitive cargo to achieve their missions in a cost effective manner."

FCA is a vital component of Army aviation transformation. When fielded, FCA will provide an organic tactical transport capability for Army units in the field and also for the delivery of important cargo for homeland security missions.

Team FCA's logistics support reach includes more than 50 countries and 36 states, including the Army's required support locations. Currently Team FCA has 56 U.S. domestic service centers and a global network of international service centers -- fully meeting the Army's requirements.

With these capabilities, Team FCA is able to provide Mission Assurance wherever the Army deploys its Future Cargo Aircraft. Its solution includes exceptional performance in all aspects of integrated logistics support -- including organizational/depot maintenance operations and facilities, supply chain management, field engineering, technical publications and all aspects of training.

For example, Team FCA is supporting the Polish Air Force's C-295 transports, which are flying airlift missions to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of deployed Polish troops. Team FCA is also providing logistics support to the U.S. Army's C-23 Sherpa, which the FCA will replace, at worldwide locations, including Iraq.

"Team FCA provides a total system approach to operational availability and quality training through an integrated mission support solution," said David Dacquino, a vice president of Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, which is leading the mission support solution for Team FCA. "Our team's training program has successfully produced more than 1,600 pilots and 5,500 maintenance technicians certified on the CN-235/C-295 family of aircraft."

Raytheon Company, with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services and special-mission aircraft. Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide. For more information, see www.raytheon.com.

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