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The Future Battlespace

Innovation. Speed. Disruption.

Machines that think and learn. Missiles that travel five times the speed of sound. Micro-networks that control swarming robots and tell soldiers where the enemy is hiding.

All are part of the U.S. National Defense Strategy - a plan to give the military a decisive and deterrent technological advantage over adversaries. And Raytheon, with expertise spanning cyber warfare, precision weapons and human-machine interaction, is working to bring those technologies to the battlefield.

Technologies for the future battlespace

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High-Speed Weapons

Operating at extreme speeds and high altitudes, hypersonic weapons are hard to stop. Raytheon is a leader in the development of hypersonic solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, having been awarded several priority contracts in this most demanding of science and technology fields.

The Long-Range Standoff Weapon will replace the Air-Launched Cruise Missile. Raytheon is working under a $900 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to develop this new weapon.

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Directed Energy Weapons

The speed and low cost-per-engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting troops against drones. Raytheon offers laser and high power microwave solutions that render drones unable to fly. Read more about our anti-drone technology.

The Counter-electronics High Power Missile Project is an air-launched directed energy weapon capable of incapacitating or damaging electronic systems using EMP (electromagnetic pulse). Raytheon provides the disabling EMP blast for the system.

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Unmanned Systems

The autonomous swarming capability of the Coyote® UAS can be used for surveillance or striking moving targets in the battlefield. When matched with the KRFS radar, the Coyote is an effective counter-drone technology. The Coyote also flies into hurricanes to collect data for weather forecasting.

The Silver Fox® UAS delivers the real-time intelligence and longer range of larger drones in a smaller package that can fit in a pick-up truck.

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Miniaturized Weapons

The 40-mm precision-guided Pike™ munition is fired from a rifle-mounted grenade launcher and uses a digital, semi-active laser seeker to engage fixed and slow-moving, mid-range targets. It’s the world’s only hand-launched precision-guided munition.

At only 12 pounds and 22 inches long, the Pyros® munition is Raytheon’s smallest air-launched bomb. It is ideally suited for applications where weight is a critical factor, such as small unmanned aircraft, helicopters, light attack aircraft and special mission aircraft.

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Advanced Land Warfare

Raytheon’s new DeepStrike® missile was developed for the Army’s Precision Strike Missile requirement. The launcher will fire two missiles from a single weapons pod, an innovative and differentiated design that slashes the cost to the customer and doubles the combat power.

The Quick Kill™ Active Protection System is designed to protect ground vehicles and the troops inside by intercepting and shooting down rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles with minimum potential for collateral damage.

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Space Solutions 

From kill vehicles that stop ballistic missiles in their tracks, to satellites that provide location and weather data, Raytheon is investing in the final frontier.

We are using our advanced missile production lines to develop cost-effective small satellites that operate from lower orbits.

Learn more about our space solutions.

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Cyber Solutions

Hackers. Worms. Trojan horses. When everything is connected, security is everything. That's why Raytheon delivers solutions that protect every side of cyber for government agencies, businesses and nations. Learn more about our Cyber Solutions.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Raytheon's Immersive Design Centers enable teams in different locations to collaborate in a single, 3D virtual environment to design weapons and facilities. The centers have dramatically increased speed to market and reduced costs for customers. 

Factory automation: Raytheon has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to automate the company’s advanced missile production lines. Robots now preform lower level tasks freeing our talented labor force to focus on more complex work.

3D Printing: The ability to print metal parts is a game changer for Raytheon and the defense Industry. The company can now “grow” complex parts that would be difficult to build or machine in a traditional way.


Next-Generation Combat Vehicle

Today’s complex, increasingly unpredictable military operations call for an entirely new vehicle concept, one that can adapt to the shifting imperatives of the 21st century battlespace.

Combining the best of American and German engineering, Raytheon and Rheinmetall have joined forces to meet the U.S. Army’s requirement for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle/Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

Equipped with Raytheon weapons, sensors and system integration expertise, the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle provides an advanced, modular and combat-ready solution — and gives soldiers a decisive advantage for decades to come.