A hub for defense

Raytheon opens a new headquarters in Warsaw

Poland is the 16th nation to rely on Patriot for defense against ballistic and cruise missiles. The Warsaw office is expected to be the setting for other defense initiatives.

A state-of-art office in Poland.

A place where future cybersecurity and missile defense programs will grow.

Raytheon’s new Warsaw headquarters is a center for the future defense technology. It is home to not only the WISLA air and missile defense program, but a hub to further strengthen Poland’s security and help build the nation's defense industry.

“The office is a visible reminder that Raytheon is part of the Polish community,” said Pete Bata, Raytheon vice president of Polish Air and Missile Defense and one of the first company employees in Warsaw.

Raytheon is building its partnership with Poland and strengthening its long-term commitment there, he said.

A site for future defense projects

The mission of the new office is to help increase defense industry jobs in both Poland and in the United States and further establish the Poland defense industry as a force in the global market.

Launching the Raytheon office not only strengthens the relationship between the U.S. and Poland, but also deepens the strategic collaboration with the Polish defense industry.

The need for the WISLA program office became clear once the Polish government signed an agreement with the U.S. government to buy the Patriot anti-missile defense system. Under WISLA, Poland intends to acquire additional Patriot fire units, gallium nitride-based, 360-degree Active Electronically Scanning Array radars and SkyCeptor™, a low-cost interceptor missile.

The office is close to the U.S. embassy. It stands six stories high and enjoys a river backdrop. Raytheon employees, most of whom will be Polish, will occupy the entire the 5th floor.

It’s located in an historic building that survived World War II, serving as a reminder of Polish history.

Boosting industry and economy

A long-term goal is to have the Warsaw office eventually be run and led largely by Polish employees.

“The neatest thing about this is the growth from zero to where we are now,” Bata said.

Being inside the Warsaw Raytheon office space is like operating in a command and control center. There are three large, flat screens on one wall and three vertical screens on another, with collaborative workspaces all around. The plan is to build to 65 employees this year.

Bata expects the ratio of Polish employees to grow to 25 percent over the next five years. “Raytheon’s Polish-based workforce is the heart of the new office,” he said. “It’s about the people.”

Best practices and new tech

Raytheon’s Warsaw employees will execute the WISLA program and help the Polish defense industry grow.

Poland is now part of the 16-nation group of countries relying on Patriot for security. Patriot is continually modernized to meet evolving with each new fielding and upgrade.

Today, Patriot protects the U.S. and allied forces around the world. Raytheon will partner with Poland on the future technology development roadmap of Patriot and has identified many opportunities for co-development with Polish industry, including integration, command and control, radar enhancements and missile technologies.

Published On: 03/10/2019
Last Updated: 05/08/2019