Friday, February 26, 2010

Raytheon Targeting System Achieves 750,000 Flight-Hour Milestone

Raytheon Targeting System Achieves 750,000 Flight-Hour Milestone
February 26, 2010

MCKINNEY, Texas, -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) airborne targeting system whose video imagery helps soldiers, intelligence analysts and commanders in the field make critical operating decisions recently exceeded 750,000 hours of flight.

The Multi-Spectral Targeting System employs a full-motion video camera for long-range surveillance and high-altitude acquisition, tracking and laser designation from a manned or unmanned aircraft. In October 2008, C4ISR Journal magazine ranked the sensor among devices making "the biggest difference on the battlefield."

"Our solid partnership with the U.S. Air Force has enabled us to develop this unique system to meet defense requirements," said Tim Carey, vice president for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. "With 750,000 operational flight hours, this electro-optical infrared system offers proven reliability and capability that support the warfighter in operations around the world."

Raytheon developed the system for use by the Air Force on the Predator unmanned aircraft system. The company also supplies it to military forces throughout the world.

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