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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Raytheon Selected to Provide Improved AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sights to Army

via PRNewswire

MCKINNEY, Texas, July 3, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company(NYSE: RTN) will begin supplying improved AN/PAS-13 thermal weapon sights in December 2007 , as part of the U.S. Army's Thermal Weapon Sight II Bridgeprogram. The 60-month contract is with the U.S. Army's Research, Developmentand Engineering Command Acquisition Center and covers thermal weapon sightsfor the Army and other services.

Initially, Raytheon Network Centric Systems will supply approximately5,000 systems valued at more than $60 million. The indefinitedelivery-indefinite quantity program is potentially worth $2.6 billion andcould result in the delivery of up to 150,000 improved AN/PAS-13 thermalweapon sights during the 5-year, firm-fixed-price contract.

The Army's thermal weapon sight program consists of a family of advancedthermal imaging sensors that perform surveillance and targeting whileimproving combat effectiveness during day or night, in zero illumination, orin fog, smoke, dust and sand.

"With this award, Raytheon will continue to deliver thermal weapon sightsour forces have relied upon since the Army fielded the first TWS in the1990s," said Glynn Raymer, vice president of NCS Combat Systems. "Thistechnology allows our warfighters to own the night and maintain the combatovermatch they deserve."

The latest sights will feature technology improvements that result inlower power requirements, reduced size and weight, and improved commonalitymaking Mission Support more efficient and economical during the life of theequipment.

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