Raytheon will make Global Hawk sensor suite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 11 January 2005. Raytheon Co. has been awarded a low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 3 contract to produce three Global Hawk Integrated Sensor Suites (ISS).

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 11 January 2005. Raytheon Co. has been awarded a low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 3 contract to produce three Global Hawk Integrated Sensor Suites (ISS).

Under the contract, Raytheon will produce two ISS and the first production unit of an EISS. The Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) offers range capabilities of both the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and the electro-optical sensor, improved by 50 percent over the basic ISS.

The Raytheon ISS is a true multi-intelligence system including SAR with ground moving target indicator, an EO/IR sensor, integrated sensor control and signal processing.

Raytheon's ISS -- currently installed on the Global Hawk -- provides near real- time imagery and has been combat proven in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft.

In addition to the ISS, Raytheon also produces the Global Hawk ground element from its Intelligence and Information Systems operation in Falls Church, Va.

The Raytheon work will be done in El Segundo, Calif., as part of the Global Hawk LRIP Lot 3 effort awarded to Northrop Grumman by the U.S. Air Force, with a scheduled completion date of March 2006.

"We are very pleased to provide our customers with the most capable sensor systems required for today's network centric operations," said Thomas A. Kennedy, vice president for Unmanned & Reconnaissance Systems. "The Raytheon Integrated Sensor Suite has earned an outstanding reputation for providing persistence to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community."

Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and manufactures advanced mission systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.

Raytheon Co., with 2003 sales of $18.1 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 78,000 people worldwide. For more information, see www.raytheon.com.

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