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How radars tell the tech story of Raytheon Company

Tony Lopresti couldn’t believe it. Gathered around a television in their ski rental house at Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire, Lopresti and a few friends from work were glued to grainy news footage of repeated white flashes. It was January 1991. What Lopresti and his colleagues were watching was the world’s first-ever look at ballistic missile defense, as the Patriot missiles he helped design at Raytheon’s plant in Andover, Massachusetts, were deployed to intercept Iraqi Scud missiles in the Gulf War. “I couldn’t keep my eyes off it,” said Lopresti, who was then 29 and is now recently retired as the technical director of the Patriot program at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business. “It was fantastic.” A few weeks later, back at work, he stood in a crowd of what felt like thousands of factory workers, engineers and others as President George H.W. Bush visited the Andover facility to celebrate the company’s contribution to Operation Desert Storm – and the debut of a defense technology that quickly became part of the American vernacular. Lopresti can still hear something the president said that day more than 30 years ago. “Some people called it impossible, and you called it your job,” said President Bush. “They were wrong, and you were right. Thank God you were right.” The presidential visit, and the events that prompted it, made Patriot synonymous with ballistic missile defense. It also enhanced the heritage Raytheon Company’s reputation as a premier developer of not just missile interceptors but the radars that guide them – a reputation that began some 50 years earlier, and one that will remain a pillar of the company that is now Raytheon Technologies. How it started

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