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Monday September 23, 2002

PC News
New Screens: Real War: Rogue States
Simon & Schuster Interactive has released new screens from the next game in the best-selling Real War series titled Real War: Rogue States, available: Early October 2002. Featuring new missions and co-operative multiplayer battles, gamers will be able to do battle against terrorists around the world. Rogue States offers 14 new single player missions, 20 new skirmish maps, and a host of new multiplayer options. Players have access to a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system called "advanced orders." Players will be able to order individual units to perform very specific tasks such as destroying only anti-aircraft emplacements, or sabotaging specific types of buildings, or only destroying power depots. Units will carry out these specific tasks without further input from the player, until new orders are given.

Players will also have the ability to give orders to units before they arrive on the battlefield. Thus, units will not stand idle at the base awaiting orders. These improvements will be extended in skirmish mode, where gamers can play scenarios which feature different rules of engagement. These include air-only maps, maps that include or exclude nuclear weapons and special forces such as terrorists, and maps which develop advanced tactics which can be used in multiplayer games.

REAL WAR: ROGUE STATES also expands the multiplayer mode and will offer players the ability to team up and share control of the same force with one player controlling air units and the other player controlling ground forces.

Military News
Raytheon Awarded AMRAAM Production
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $50.6 million firm-fixed price contract modification to produce an additional 142 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). This is the second modification to the Lot 16 contract award received in April, and it brings the total number of missiles ordered in Lot 16 to 754 with contract values of more than $289 million.

The Lot 16 missiles will be produced for the U.S. Air Force and Navy as well as a number of international customers.

AMRAAM is a software-driven, radar-guided missile that gives pilots the ability to "launch and leave" and to engage multiple targets during a single engagement. To date, more than 12,000 missiles have been produced for U.S. and international customers.

AMRAAM is fully operational on the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, the German F4F, the UK Sea Harrier, Swedish JA-37 Viggen and the JAS-39 Gripen. It is currently being integrated on the F-22, Eurofighter, Harrier II Plus, Tornado and the Joint Strike Fighter. AMRAAM also has been adapted to a surface-to-air role for air defense and is operational in Norway as the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and has been demonstrated in a HAWK-AMRAAM system and on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)-based system called HUMRAAM.

The U. S. Marine Corps awarded a contract last year to Raytheon for its version of HUMRAAM, called Complementary Low Altitude Weapons System (CLAWS), which will be introduced into operational service by 2005. The U.S. Army also is generating a requirement for a HUMRAAM system, called Surface Launch AMRAAM (SLAMRAAM). The surface-launched AMRAAM market potential is estimated at more than 5,000 missiles over the next 10 years.

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