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Going Global: New Launcher, Partnerships Show Raytheon's International Reach

Combining the multi-function decoy/missile CENTURION launcher with Raytheon missiles and existing ship systems will provide a new mission capability.

Perched on the deck of a warship, the CENTURION looks all the world like a squat, gray pepper shaker. But this pepper shaker packs some serious heat.

The missile and decoy launcher, manufactured by Chemring Group PLC, contains some of Raytheon’s most advanced land and sea missiles, along with a potent mix of international know-how. It’s the newest advance in naval defense, and part of a growing portfolio of products developed by Raytheon’s global partnerships.

Raytheon and UK-based Chemring have announced an agreement to develop the CENTURION for ships ranging from small patrol boats to large warships.  The initiative, announced at the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi, combines the innovative, multi-mission launcher with a variety of Raytheon’s combat-tested missiles to provide an inside-the-horizon defensive system.

 “Because of our collaboration with Chemring, we are unveiling a new system that changes the way we view ship-protection,” said Ricky Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Naval Area Mission Defense. “With just one launcher, these vessels are protected with a portfolio of our most effective and smart missiles against a range of threats.”

A line of flags at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow.

Raytheon has been searching the globe to find companies like Chemring that can bring advanced capabilities to its defense technology. About 26 percent of Raytheon’s revenue came from outside the United States last year as the company strengthens these international partnerships.

 “IDEX is an opportunity for us to meet with our partners and customers around the world face-to- face, which is invaluable,” said Matt Riddle, president of the Raytheon International. “But it also gives an opportunity to explore the potential for new partnerships…to really look at what these incredible technology companies in the Middle East can do, and imagine what is possible if you marry that with everything that Raytheon brings to the table.”

Here is a snapshot of some of the partnerships showcased at IDEX this year:

 

Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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