Monday, February 22, 2010

Raytheon Awarded Air Force Association Fellowship for Contributions to Reconnaissance Aircraft

Raytheon Awarded Air Force Association Fellowship for Contributions to Reconnaissance Aircraft
February 22, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded the Air Force Association's Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellowship for contributions in the field of airborne reconnaissance.

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems President Lynn Dugle accepted the award at the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition gala dinner Feb. 19 in Orlando, Fla.

Presented by the Central Florida Chapter of the AFA, the fellowship this year "Salutes aerial reconnaissance by honoring aerospace industry and military units that have made a major impact in that field," said Tommy Harrison, gala chairman. "Raytheon has been recognized for its development and deployment of advanced electronic sensors."

The fellowship pays tribute to the late Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who actively promoted public understanding and support for aerospace power.

Raytheon's airborne reconnaissance technology has been employed on multiple aircraft, including the RB-47; Combat Dawn drones; RC-135 Rivet Joint; Global Hawk; Predator Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); Reaper UAS and the U-2 airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. In the last year alone, the U-2S has flown more than 15,000 hours worldwide.

"We are honored to receive this award from the AFA," Dugle said. "For more than 40 years, Raytheon has been a key contributor in the development and deployment of electronic sensors that collect signals from a variety of manned aircraft and drones. These technologies will continue to play a vital role in our nation's security."

Raytheon also produces the Distributed Common Ground System 10.2, which processes, exploits and disseminates data from the Global Hawk, Predator and U-2 airborne reconnaissance systems. Additionally, Raytheon delivers around-the-clock worldwide contractor field-service support for the U-2 program, providing preflight system checks, mission support during flight and post-mission problem analysis. Raytheon also performs new system installations and upgrades.

The U-2 aircraft, equipped with Raytheon's Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System (ASARS-2A), provides long-range, high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over large areas and supports precision-guided munitions with geo-location accuracy. The side-looking airborne radar scans the ground on each side of the aircraft as it flies at a high altitude over the area of operations.

The ASARS-2A radar locates moving and stationary targets with its day and night, all-weather ground moving-target indicator, search and spot modes, and on-board processing mission capabilities. Raytheon's ASARS is the foundation for radars such as HISAR, Global Hawk, Crazy Hawk and ASTOR.

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