Global partnerships build bridges as they build strength
Raytheon is bringing its global view to the 2017 Dubai Airshow.
The company will feature some its latest technologies and innovations at the event, as it marks 30 years of partnership with the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Airshow is also the perfect occasion to highlight the company's global partnerships, which feed innovation and help make the world a safer place.
One example: Raytheon and Abu Dhabi Ship Building, the UAE Navy's prime provider of maritime logistics support. The companies have worked together for more than a decade. As the mega-shipbuilder cuts steel on new vessels, Raytheon engineers work closely with the local team to install the launcher and weapons system.
Raytheon's worldwide network of 3,800 international suppliers and partners, built over the decades through teaming, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, includes more than 50 years of Raytheon's presence in the Gulf region; more than 60 years in Japan; and legacies of more than 100 years in Europe. International sales represented 31 percent of Raytheon's business around the world in 2016.
"We are committed to listening to our customers and understanding their requirements, which leads to the development of innovative partnerships," said John Harris, Raytheon's vice president of business development and CEO of Raytheon International Inc. "Fostering industrial collaboration results in economic growth while advancing the art of the possible to make our world a safer place."
Among Raytheon's other international partnerships:
- The company recently announced it will team with Saudi Arabia Military Industries, or SAMI, the next chapter in Raytheon's more-than-50-year relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Raytheon's intent to establish the company Raytheon Saudi Arabia will create jobs in both Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
- Raytheon and the UAE's Tawazun co-developed the TALON laser-guided rocket.
- In Japan, Raytheon and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are developing and producing the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, a next-generation interceptor of ballistic missiles that will be both land- and sea-based.
- In Norway, Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace formed two teaming agreements to develop both the Joint Strike Missile and the Naval Strike Missile. Raytheon has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Norway on defense programs.
- Earlier this year, Raytheon signed an agreement with Rheinmetall in Germany to explore defense technology opportunities in integrated air and missile defense, weapons effectors, combat vehicle systems, cybersecurity and training.
- Raytheon has partnered with Polish industry and is supporting the U.S. and Polish governments through the Foreign Military Sales process.
- Raytheon and Romania's Aerostar SA have signed a memorandum of understanding that sets the stage for Romanian industry support of that nation's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System program, and paves the way for Aerostar to join Raytheon's global supply chain.
- Swedish aerospace and defense firm Saab will partner with Raytheon to develop new infantry weapons, beginning with an upgrade to the Carl-Gustaf reloadable, shoulder-launched weapon system.
Raytheon is celebrating 30 years in the UAE. Its partnership with Abu Dhabi Ship Building illustrates how successful such relationships can be. As the only shipbuilder in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Ship Building is a significant economic entity in the region. Both companies acknowledge the partnership is about much more than selling weapon systems and building ships—it’s about protecting the UAE Navy.
“In the next 10 years, we’ll continue to expand our cooperation to ensure the UAE Navy is equipped and ready for whatever challenges emerge," said Chris Davis, president of Raytheon International Inc.