Last Updated: 02/25/2013*
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.”
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:
- In cooperation with Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Raytheon has provided the United Arab Emirates Navy with the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, fire-and-forget missile providing defense against airborne threats and hostile surface craft. ESSM, meanwhile, is the world's premier international cooperative missile production program, with 18 industrial partners representing ten nations.
- In Turkey, Raytheon has chosen missile maker Roket Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S as a supplier for its Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T). The company, also known as Roketsan, is the first major trans-Atlantic supplier for the system and is strategically located to support countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
- In Saudi Arabia, Raytheon has a $1.7 billion Direct Commercial Sales contract, awarded in 2011, to upgrade Patriot systems to the latest Configuration-3. In the United Arab Emirates, Raytheon and teammate Lockheed Martin are working with the U.S. government to provide advanced Patriot air and missile defense capability, whole life support and training.
- In Afghanistan, Raytheon is training helicopter pilots under the U.S. Army’s Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) contract. The first 10 Afghan Air Force students graduated last year as commercial-level pilots.
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