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April 19, 2009

Raytheon wins $12.5m US Army contract

To supply radios that enable efficient communication in congested battlefield environments

By CBR Staff Writer

Raytheon Company was awarded an initial $12.5m contract to supply the US Army with next-generation radios that enable efficient communication in congested battlefield environments.

According to Raytheon, EPLRS-XF uses the latest mobile ad-hoc networked technology to automatically and continually adapt to network changes. The radio is expected to offer seamless interoperability and compatibility with IP-based systems and has an extended radio-frequency range and narrow-frequency bandwidth operating modes.

Further technology advances are underway for EPLRS-XF, including work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for additional flexibility and capability, said Raytheon.

Jerry Powlen, vice president for network centric systems’ Integrated Communications Systems, said: The Enhanced Position Location Reporting System Extended Frequency, or EPLRS-XF, radio gives the warfighter high-speed, on-the-move video and data exchange capabilities for a broad range of applications. We continue to evolve EPLRS and our networked communications capabilities to deliver the most advanced solutions to our troops.

Earlier this month, Raytheon has won a contract with the US Air Force to upgrade guidance and control sections for the air-to-ground Maverick missile.  The contract is expected to result in the upgrade of up to 450 laser Maverick guidance sections for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

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