Technology Today

2012 Issue 2

Raytheon — A World of International Experience and Technology
Raytheon, a global technology company, brings system design experience and technology solutions to customers in more than 80 nations worldwide

Raytheon — A World of International Experience and Technology

This issue of Technology Today highlights the breadth of Raytheon's technologies, providing innovative solutions for our international customers.

Raytheon Australia is the mission systems integrator of choice for the Australian Defence Organisation and in 2012 became Australia's second largest defense contractor. Several of their programs are highlighted in this issue, including the largest of their current development projects, the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer, designed to protect the air and sea approaches to the Australian continent.

Also featured is Raytheon's collaboration with Australian universities and government institutions — the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Defence Systems Innovation Center (DSIC) — in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts, to develop and distribute a network of phased-array radars to improve the prediction of severe weather events.

In Glenrothes, Scotland, Raytheon UK is developing integrated circuit technology employing silicon carbide (SiC) capable of operating at high ambient temperatures, for use in stressing system applications. The U.K. government, recognizing the potential of this technology as an enabler for higher-efficiency systems, provides partial support for this development under its Technology Strategy Board "Materials for Energy" research program.

 U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Donald Sparks/Released.

In Germany, Raytheon Anschütz has developed integrated navigation and bridge systems that provide small patrol craft with the integrated navigation, command and control capabilities needed to appropriately handle a broad range of tasks, from police duties to military operations.

Also, located just outside of Hohenfels, Germany is the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, where Raytheon, under the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support program (Warfighter FOCUS), provides performance-based training in a genuine tactical environment for U.S. and coalition forces. Discussed is Raytheon's role in developing training technology to ensure warfighter readiness.

Raytheon Canada Limited describes their next generation of High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR), which provides persistent, active surveillance within a nation's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). HFSWR is used by coastal nations to monitor shipping traffic, enabling the efficient and effective deployment of surface and airborne patrol and interdiction assets.


The worldwide growth of wind turbine farms has introduced new challenges for air traffic management. The rotating turbine blades in these wind farms generate radar returns that mask those of aircraft being monitored by air traffic control radar. Over the past two years, Raytheon Canada Limited, under contract to the U.K. National Air Traffic Services, has developed a solution that has been demonstrated at locations in the U.S., Holland and Scotland. This system is described and test results are presented.

Raytheon enables safe air travel around the world as one of the leading providers of Air Traffic Management systems. Raytheon's next generation ATM system, AutoTrac III (AT3), now operational at three Indian airports, is highlighted. The AT3 system is an advanced, cost-effective solution to the challenges facing the ATM community in the 21st Century — traffic growth outpacing revenue growth and the drive to increase capacity and productivity in a cost conscious environment.

Raytheon has a legacy of providing effective and reliable systems for the defense of our homeland and that of our allies:

  • Raytheon's Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) sensor — which incorporates visible, infrared and laser-ranging intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities — is described. It is currently deployed internationally by the U.K. Royal Air Force and Italian Air Force on UAV platforms like Reaper and Predator, and on numerous maritime helicopter platforms for Australia, Denmark, India, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Brazil, as well as several Middle East countries.
  • For more than four decades, the Patriot system has provided an international air and missile defense capability for the U.S. and its allies and has been progressively upgraded to counter evolving threats. A summary of Patriot's history and recent modernization are discussed.
  • The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) is a ballistic missile defense policy that begins with the protection of Europe. The EPAA leverages Raytheon's SM-3 family of missile interceptors, as well as Raytheon's AN/TPY2 radar. For SM-3, we are phasing in progressive upgrades in warhead, propulsion and seeker performance to defeat the latest threats. We discuss SM-3 Block IIA interceptor development, accomplished through a teaming effort with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan.
  • The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), jointly developed by Raytheon and our Norwegian partner, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, provides a state-of-the-art medium-range air defense system. We feature its expanding capability and flexibility, demonstrated by a recent successful flight test with the Evolved Seasparrow Missile. This adds another interceptor to the NASAMS and Hawk XXI family of ground-based air defense systems.

Standard MissileRaytheon provides the glue that binds together layered defense and security systems for U.S. and international coalition partners. A summary of Raytheon's technology and solutions for C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) is provided. In addition, Raytheon Solypsis discusses their command and control, tracking and visualization capabilities for state-of-the-art maritime surveillance systems overseas.

Raytheon BBN Technologies, an industry leader in real-time speech recognition for intelligence gathering, provides an overview of their Multimedia Monitoring System (M3S). This delivers an end-to-end capability for monitoring, translating, storing and searching a wide variety of open source media across a range of languages. M3S provides users with a real-time understanding of news, events and perceptions around the world.

The systems and technologies described in these articles are just a sampling to illustrate Raytheon's global presence and leadership in delivering innovation to the international community.

Mark Hebeisen

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