US Army Declares Raytheon Counter-IED System a ‘Greatest Invention’

CIED sys­tem ’saves lives’

DULLES, Va., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army has named a sys­tem devel­oped and pro­duced by Raytheon Com­pa­ny (NYSE: RTN) to defeat impro­vised explo­sive devices (IEDs) one of “the most inno­v­a­tive advances in Army tech­nol­o­gy.”

An arti­cle pub­lished Sept. 12 on the Army’s web­site ( explains that the Counter IED (CIED) defeat sys­tem “pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant capa­bil­i­ty to the Sol­dier and their mis­sion and, more impor­tant­ly, saves lives.”

The CIED sys­tem was devel­oped and pro­duced by the Raytheon Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Com­pa­ny LLC Cus­tomized Engi­neer­ing and Depot Sup­port (CEDS) busi­ness unit, head­quar­tered in Indi­anapo­lis, Ind., along with key sup­pli­er Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Pow­er Indus­tries (CPI), head­quar­tered in Palo Alto, Calif., under an Army con­tract award­ed in Octo­ber 2010. Ship­ments of the sys­tems began in April 2011 and were com­plet­ed in Octo­ber, just one year from con­tract award.

“Our high­ly effi­cient design and man­u­fac­tur­ing process enabled us to get this equip­ment to our cus­tomers quick­ly, so it could be field­ed as soon as pos­si­ble,” said CEDS Vice Pres­i­dent Wayne Iuril­lo. “It’s most grat­i­fy­ing that the sys­tem is help­ing to pro­tect our warfight­ers and the inno­cent civil­ians harmed by IEDs, and we appre­ci­ate the Army’s selec­tion of this sys­tem as one of the great­est inven­tions.”

About Raytheon

Raytheon Com­pa­ny, with 2010 sales of $25 bil­lion, is a tech­nol­o­gy and inno­va­tion leader spe­cial­iz­ing in defense, home­land secu­ri­ty and oth­er gov­ern­ment mar­kets through­out the world. With a his­to­ry of inno­va­tion span­ning 89 years, Raytheon pro­vides state-of-the-art elec­tron­ics, mis­sion sys­tems inte­gra­tion and oth­er capa­bil­i­ties in the areas of sens­ing; effects; and com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and intel­li­gence sys­tems, as well as a broad range of mis­sion sup­port ser­vices. With head­quar­ters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 peo­ple world­wide. For more about Raytheon, vis­it us at and fol­low us on Twit­ter at @raytheon.

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Amy B. Smith