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4. Raytheon (RTN)

Contracted in 2011: $14.76 billion
Total 2011 revenue: $24.86 billion
Contracted in 2012, so far: $5.72 billion
Company Profile

Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon’s primary businesses are defense-oriented, with major contracts including several air defense systems, marine combat systems, missile systems and other military products, sold primarily to governments around the world. Perhaps Raytheon’s most recognizable product in the general public is its Tomahawk cruise missiles, which are supplied to the U.S. Navy.

Raytheon’s highest contracts in 2011 were for guided missiles, with two contracts for over $1 billion each. Additional contracts for guided missiles ranged between $130 million and $400 million, with other top contracts including ammunition and bombs.

Pictured: Raytheon missiles on display at the Paris Air Show in 2005.

Photo: David Monniaux