Air Force and Raytheon successfully demonstrate net-enabled weapons modeling and simulation scenarios

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2006 -- Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully demonstrated how battle systems -- showing future force capabilities using current and near term systems -- can work together to benefit the warfighter.

Sponsored by the Air Force Material Command, the Air Force Integrated Collaborative Environment (AF-ICE) Icebreaker 2006 event, held July 17-21, focused on net-centric weapon systems. A mix of 11 government and industry sites used current and conceptual netted weapons systems to conduct operations in the Southwest Asia region and explore possible new mission solutions for the warfighter.

Raytheon's connection to the AF-ICE network was the only networked industry node demonstrating live/virtual/constructive modeling and simulations resources. Other industry members participated connected to the network as simple clients within the Air Force node at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Network Centric Systems provided modeling and simulation resources including Tomahawk cruise missile models, AFATDS (Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System) and infrastructure matched to the event's scenario objectives.

Raytheon successfully demonstrated the utility of net-enabled weapons to provide non-traditional ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) as well as time sensitive strike and dynamic retargeting. By demonstrating command and control capabilities linked directly to its weapons, Raytheon showed how merged strategic, operational and tactical fires provide a critical link for timely and effective response to the joint warfighter.

"Our support of the warfighter as the only industry node connected to the AF-ICE network for this event is proof of Raytheon's commitment to the Air Force and joint community's net-enabled weapons goals. This demonstration really shows the 'the art of the possible' in meeting the warfighter's dynamic targeting needs with today's systems," said Mark Hall, Raytheon's lead and senior manager for AF-ICE. "Icebreaker '06 provides our customers with a view of how Raytheon can integrate solutions to their future battlefield needs today using current and near-term assets."

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 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 80,000 people worldwide.

    Alan D. Fischer

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