Technology Today

2012 Issue 2

Integrated in Australia
Raytheon Australia's expertise in engineering and technology underlines the importance of having a proven capability and an experienced, in-country workforce.

Integrated in Australia
Raytheon Australia's expertise in engineering and technology underlines the importance of having a proven capability and an experienced, in-country workforce.

As a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force, Raytheon Australia provides mission assurance to its customers through the delivery of world-class mission systems integration and mission support. Recognized as the second largest defense contractor in Australia, Raytheon Australia is underpinned by its unmatched record of performance and in-country capability to deliver solutions across multiple domains.

Raytheon Australia's approach to mission systems integration includes:

  • Undertaking capability trade-offs and specifying mission and support systems requirements.
  • Architecting the system and defining the integration strategy.
  • Selecting technologies, subsystems, products and components in partnership with the customer, and through the use of trade studies and make/buy/reuse processes.
  • Integrating, verifying and validating the system/subsystems, products and components.
  • Maintaining, sustaining, upgrading and eventially retiring mission and support systems.
Hobart Class Air Warfar Destroyer and Collins Class Submarine

With more than 30 projects distributed across 22 sites throughout the country, Raytheon Australia is geographically diversified and often collocated with the customer. Because of this, the company has been able to draw upon highly skilled local resources across Australia, including the services of small to medium enterprises and universities, in order to effectively resource and execute programs. Some of these programs are outlined below.

Naval Systems Domain

Raytheon Australia's largest design and development project is the Air Warfare Destroyer Combat System. The Australian Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer is designed to protect the air and sea approaches to the Australian continent, denying access to hostile ships and aircraft, while also providing maximum freedom for action and response by Australia's own forces.

Naval communications station

Raytheon Australia also provides in-service support for the AN/BYG-1 (V) Combat System on the Australian Defence Force's Collins class submarine. Raytheon Australia has worked closely with the Royal Australian Navy over the last decade to transition the system from the previous Rockwell/Boeing proprietary combat system to the current variant, which is the same combat system that was installed on U.S. Navy Virginia-class submarines. In its current role, Raytheon Australia performs hardware and software development, as well as integration and test. Raytheon's Combat System upgrade exploits the power of sonar, electronic support measures, radar, navigation, periscopes, communication, command and control, along with weapons to provide a fully integrated combat system.

Still in the naval systems domain and part of Raytheon Australia's base operations portfolio, the company provides maintenance and support to the Naval Communications Station Harold E Holt (HEH), meeting stringent operational availability requirements. This is one of a small number of sites located throughout the world that provide very low frequency (VLF) communications to submarines. The low frequency transmission antennas are more than 1,200 feet tall and transmit a ground wave trapped within the duct of the ocean and the ionosphere. The low frequency transmission penetrates the surface layer of the ocean, enabling submarines to communicate without surfacing, thereby avoiding detection.

Aerospace Domain

Raytheon Australia pioneered the Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI), providing the Royal Australian Navy with supported aircraft to help the Australian Defence Forces retain pilots and junior qualified aircrew by enabling them to consolidate and enhance their skills prior to flying operational helicopters. Based on a comprehensive analysis of customer needs, Raytheon Australia acquired a fleet of Bell 429 world-class helicopters and developed an efficient performance-based contract, which provided an affordable turnkey solution.

Radar Emulator Pod and Hornet Aircrew Training System

Retention and Motivation Initiative RMI

The Electronic Warfare Training System (EWTS) represents a state-of-the-art training system capable of jamming high frequency through ultra high frequency communications as well as radars. Raytheon Australia specified, designed and developed the system and is now supporting it with comprehensive systems engineering, aeronautical and avionics expertise. After the EWTS was integrated into the Lear Jet aircraft under Raytheon Australia's direction, it was then qualified and declared in service as part of a 10-year maintenance and support contract, which includes providing pilots and training system operators.

Electronic Warfare Training System

Raytheon Australia's integration of the Radar Emulator Pod (EMPOD) provides a missile radar simulation capability within a composite pod structure. The emulator pods are fitted to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter aircraft to support training. Raytheon Australia performed the overall integration of the EMPOD and its payload and, following the successful development phase, was awarded an ongoing contract for support and maintenance. The EMPOD and its payload were designed to replicate the emissions from airborne and missile threats during RAAF and Royal Australian Navy exercises.

The Hornet Aircrew Training System (HACTS) provides flight simulation of the F-18 Hornet and, through a visual database, enables missions to be conducted over local Australian terrains and airports. In partnership with the RAAF, Raytheon Australia specified the simulator, conducted data collection, populated the visual database and now provides ongoing maintenance and support for the F-18 Hornet Simulation Trainer. Raytheon Australia further managed the selection of the hardware subcontractor, the overall development and integration of the hardware and software, and conducted system integration at the RAAF base in Williamstown.

Australian Defence Air Traffic Systems
Air Traffic Control Domain

The Australian Defence Air Traffic System (ADATS) has primary and secondary surveillance radars that are distributed across Australia. Raytheon Australia provides maintenance and support for these radars and the associated air traffic management system, which includes a C-130 aircraft deployable system. ADATS uses equipment from Raytheon UK in England, as well as from Raytheon Network Centric Systems in Canada and the U.S.

 

 

EPLRS wearable tractical radio
Land Systems Domain

Joint Project 2072 Phase 1 is part of a multi-phase project to digitize battlefield communication for the Australian Army. Phase 1 involves the delivery of Enhanced Position Locating Reporting System (EPLRS) radios, field support to the end user, as well as training and in-country maintenance. To date, more than 1,700 full-size and wearable radios, and more than 7,000 subordinate items, have been delivered.

The Raytheon EPLRS and MicroLight tactical data radios also form part of the Australian Army's Internet Protocol backbone.

Raytheon Australia's proven record of performance is substantiated by feedback from the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) scorecard — a quarterly customer report that tracks industry deliverables — that has placed Raytheon Australia well above its peers. The company's high level of performance is bolstered by its integrated approach to technology and engineering, as well as its trusted relationships with customers, suppliers and partners.

Terry Stevenson

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