Last Updated: 07/03/2012*

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson was the keynote speaker at the American-Turkish Council’s 31st Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations, where he emphasized the company’s long-standing heritage of building industrial partnerships in the nation. During the event, the company honored two Turkish defense suppliers with awards for superior performance on Raytheon programs.

"We’ve moved into a new era of creating strategic partnerships with Turkish industry." Swanson said. "Partnerships like these promote and support a strong and viable Turkish defense industry and promote jobs in both nations and economies.“

Raytheon has been a trusted partner with Turkey's defense forces over several decades, providing command and control systems, battlefield radars and air defense systems, Swanson reminded attendees at the conference held in Washington, DC. Most recently, Raytheon has been building long-term relationships with Turkish suppliers Aselsan, Roketsan, Havelsan, Ayesas and Pagetel, primarily in support of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.

For example, Roketsan in Ankara is producing Patriot GEM-T missile control-section assemblies -- critical flight-control elements that guide the missile to its target. Also in Ankara, Aselsan is producing the newly designed Mobile Antenna Mast Group -- an integral element of Patriot’s communications, command and control system.

At the conference, Tom Kennedy, president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, presented top supplier awards to both Aselsan and Roketsan. “These two companies have become leaders in the growth of Turkey’s defense industry. And through their partnership and performance, they have become instrumental to Raytheon’s global business success,” Kennedy said.

Raytheon has also been committed member of the board of the American-Turkish Council, and supportive of the council’s mission of “enhancing the promotion of U.S.-Turkish Commercial, Defense, Technology and Cultural Relations.”

Swanson said the future promises to increase the defense-industrial partnerships between the two nations and within NATO. "As a result, we’ll both be stronger and the world will be more secure," he concluded.


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