Raytheon Australia History
Raytheon Australia has formed an enduring and vital part of Australia’s sovereign defence industrial capability since 1999,
when the company was established as a full subsidiary of the United States’ then Raytheon Company, now Raytheon Technologies, in response to the Howard Government’s defence industry policy.
The Howard Government policy was clear: an international defence contractor’s commitment to Australia would be measured by the extent of its investment in Australian sovereign capability. Raytheon Technologies heeded that message, and was one of the first companies to invest in Australia in this manner.
Raytheon Australia now employs approximately 1,500 Australians in locations around the country, and has its corporate headquarters in Canberra—the centre of the Australian Defence Force community, as well as the seat of the Commonwealth Government. The company has offices in most mainland capitals, and operations in many regional centres including Amberley, Nowra and Exmouth.
Our parent company—the United States’ Raytheon Technologies—was founded in 1922, and has bequeathed a strong legacy of technological innovation and achievement to its landed subsidiaries in Australia, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and other nations. The American company pioneered shipborne radar, microwaves and radio technology, among other things. Today, the company has a number of significant product lines—particularly in missile technology—and employs around 195,000 people worldwide.
Raytheon Australia, and by extension the Australian Defence Force, benefits enormously from the close relationship between the two companies, enabling Australian access to US military technology via foreign military sales contracts.
Together, Defence and industry have a mutual obligation to strategically partner to create a warfighting edge for Australia’s forces and contribute to the security of the nation.
In the Early Days
In 1999, Raytheon Australia acquired a small local aerospace company, Aerospace Technical Services, which specialised in aeronautical engineering and flight test. The following year, Boeing Naval Systems was acquired with the novation of a Collins Submarine combat system contract from Boeing Australia.
In 2003, Raytheon Australia acquired Honeywell Aerospace and Defence Services, followed by the addition of the Qantas Defence Services Avionics Business Unit contract to the company’s portfolio in 2007.
Expanding further in 2010, Raytheon Australia acquired business assets previously owned by Compucat Research Pty. Ltd, enhancing the organisation’s ability to meet the future information security needs of the Australia intelligence community.
From the Beginning to Now
Throughout the last 20 years, Raytheon Australia’s broad portfolio of expertise has positioned the company to successfully deliver on a range of diverse programs – integrating systems across multiple platforms in every domain.
Capabilities we have delivered include, Electronic Warfare Training Services for the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force; the replacement and continued in-service support of the Combat System of the Collins Class Submarines; acting as the Combat System Integrator for the RAN’s most lethal warships, the Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers; providing operation, maintenance and support services for the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station in Exmouth, Western Australia; supporting and upgrading the Woomera Test Range System, South Australia; providing Joint Adversarial Training & Testing Services to the ADF; and providing a Short-Range Ground-Based Air Defence capability to the Australian Army.
Over the past two decades, Raytheon Australia has surpassed more than 10 million hours of combat system design, development, integration and testing supported by complex program management, integrated logistics and technical governance on some of Australia’s largest defence programs.
Our local workforce has been the catalyst that has transformed Raytheon Australia into a strategic partner to the ADF; a criticality to maintaining Australia’s sovereign defence capability. Our commitment to developing Australian Industry Capability is engrained across all of our programs, as is our investment in local SME’s to grow our existing supplier portfolio of 1,500 companies across Australia.
Raytheon Australia Today
Today, Raytheon Australia employs approximately 1,500 Australians including over 700 engineers and technicians with demonstrated engineering capability spanning across all domains. This engineering core is bolstered by program managers, integrated logistics support, sustainment and training experts, technical governance specialists and corporate professionals.
Raytheon Australia is part of a worldwide team of over 70,000. The growth from humble beginnings in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to a global presence has brought many changes in the company but the enterprising spirit and the constant drive to develop new technology are as strong today as they have ever been.