Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Raytheon KillerBee Demonstrates Capabilities in Simulated Combat Environment

Raytheon KillerBee Demonstrates Capabilities in Simulated Combat Environment

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., Sept. 30, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon
Company's (NYSE: RTN) KillerBee unmanned aircraft system demonstrated its interoperability, integration and functionality as an end-to-end UAS combat system.

During the demonstration, a Raytheon flight operations crew simulated a combat environment by delivering the KillerBee system to a remote location via Humvees. In less than 45 minutes, the crew set up the system and launched the UAS. The team then executed the operational scenario and safely retrieved the UAS with a unique net-recovery system.

The KillerBee is designed to provide the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine
Corps with a UAS for their respective Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft
Systems and Tier II missions. A mini-common data link enables KillerBee
interoperability with both U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

"The KillerBee is at a point where we can demonstrate an integrated
combat capability," said Ken Pedersen, Raytheon Missile Systems' vice
president of Advanced Programs. "Combined with Raytheon's Universal Control System, a first-of-its-kind unmanned aircraft flight station, the KillerBee can reliably insert ISR into the battlespace and then quickly deliver actionable data to a combatant commander."

Note to Editors:

The mission was conducted using U.S. Marine Corps combat operations
center hardware, and an operator controlled the KillerBee with a variant of Raytheon's Universal Control System. The KillerBee system received target input from a Javelin Command Launch Unit and an Improved Target Acquisition System from Raytheon's TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided) missile.

The KillerBee electro-optical/infrared sensor was cued to the targets, prior to providing target confirmation back to the CLU and ITAS. The system then selected a target and cued the Javelin CLU operator through a Command and Control Personal Computer.

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