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Raytheon Australia

Raytheon Australia's core competencies as a mission systems integrator include systems engineering, project management, integrated logistic support and contract management. As part of one of the most reputable, high technology companies in the world, Raytheon Australia works to provide solutions in mission systems integration and mission support to deliver mission success. At the highest level, Raytheon Australia has been called Australia's leading mission systems integrator. The company uses this term beyond a more narrow definition of a systems integrator to cover the entire life cycle of a project from conception, through development and fielding of a system, as well as the ongoing support and evaluation, to final decommissioning and disposal

The same focus on mission success is delivered through Raytheon Australia's mission support activities where the company delivers through life support for the Australian Defence Force's platforms, systems and products. Raytheon Australia's capabilities in this area include governance management systems, project management, engineering through life support, logistics management systems and maintenance services. These services are designed to comply with customer regulatory systems and operate across military air, land and sea platforms.

Raytheon has had a strong relationship with the Australian Defence Force since the early 1950’s supplying sensors and weapon systems. However, for many years the company’s presence was limited to a country manager and supporting administrative staff. As Australian Government defence policy matured to foster and grow an indigenous defence industry, Raytheon Company responded by investing in Australia and establishing a landed company, Raytheon Australia. When Raytheon Australia was established in 1999 it ranked as the country’s 27th largest defence contractor. A decade later, it had grown to become the third largest defence company in the Australian market. From a handful of staff a decade ago, Raytheon Australia has grown to over 1400 employees today. This has been achieved through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions.

In 1999, the company acquired a small local aerospace company, Aerospace Technical Services, which specialised in aeronautical engineering and flight test. This was followed in May 2000, when Boeing Naval Systems were acquired with the novation of a Collins Submarine combat system contract from Boeing Australia. A further addition took place in 2003 when Honeywell Aerospace and Defence Services was acquired while in 2007, the Qantas Defence Services Avionics Business Unit contract was added to the Raytheon Australia portfolio. In 2010, Raytheon Australia expanded further by acquiring business assets previously owned by Compucat Research Pty. Ltd to enhance Raytheon's ability to meet the future information security needs of the Australian intelligence community.

Important contract wins have also occurred over the past decade. These include:

  • an Electronic Warfare Training Services Contract for the Royal Australian Navy in 2001;
  • a contract for the Collins Submarine Replacement Combat Systems in 2002;
  • an Avionics Workshop contract win in 2005;
  • confirmation as the Air Warfare Destroyer Combat System Systems Engineer in 2007;
  • a Navy Aviation Retention and Motivation Initiative contract win in 2007 followed on by a new four year contract in 2011;
  • a 2011 contract to provide tactical data radios as the first phase in providing the ADF with the land elements of an integrated battlespace communications system; and
  • a contract to provide operations, maintenance and support services for the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station in Exmouth, WA.
As the company grew it opened facilities around the country. Today, Raytheon Australia has operations in every mainland capital as well as many regional centres such as Amberley, Nowra, Alice Springs and Exmouth. Raytheon chose Canberra, with its access to its military and political stakeholders, as the base for its Australian headquarters. Along with strong growth in the company’s operations and workforce, company sales in the Australian defence market has also grown considerably. From a turnover of around $50 million a decade ago, Raytheon Australia recorded a turnover of $699 million in 2010.

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