Raytheon Australia creates a national capability
ADELAIDE – 16 June 2017: On the day of provisional acceptance for Australia’s most lethal warship – Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart – Raytheon Australia has surpassed 10 million hours of complex combat system integration work – a first for the Australian defence industry.
Since its inception in 1999, Raytheon Australia’s in-country integration workforce on the Air Warfare Destroyer, Collins Class Submarine program and other complex defence programs has created an unparalleled national capability. The achievements of Raytheon’s workforce includes delivering regionally superior capability to our customers including the Royal Australian Navy and developing the unique skills to integrate complex programs at a ‘systems-of systems’ level.
“The combat system is what gives a submarine or surface ship its lethality and it is critical to the deterrent nature of Australia’s Defence assets – it’s what helps keep Australia safe and secure,” said Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia. “The 10 million hours of combat system integration, architecture, development and testing we’ve dedicated to critical Australian defence programs has delivered real outcomes for the Australian Defence Force.”
“The success of our combat system integration activity is a source of tremendous pride for Raytheon Australia. Not only have we performed admirably on the programs we have been involved with but we have built for Australia a national asset in combat system integration”, Ward said.
Raytheon Australia was established as a full subsidiary of Raytheon Company of the United States in 1999 in response to the Howard Government’s defence industry policy. This policy made clear that an international defence contractor’s commitment to Australia would be measured by the extent of its investment in Australian sovereign capability.
Raytheon was amongst the first to invest in Australia in this way and has since grown to employ more than 1250 Australians. Today, the heart of Raytheon Australia’s capability is the company’s 500 strong combat systems workforce. This team brings substantial expertise in combat system design, development, integration and test, as well as in complex program management, integrated logistics support and technical governance.