Combat system dominance: 10 million hours, delivering for world-class defence programs
Raytheon Australia creates a national capability
Raytheon Australia has reached 10 million hours of complex combat system integration work in Australia, the first defence company in Australia to achieve such a milestone.
Since Raytheon Australia was established in 1999 a truly national capability has been created. The company's combat system integration skills have been applied to both the Air Warfare Destroyer and Collins Class Submarine programs. The successful outcomes for these and other complex programs have been delivered through operations across the country in South Australia, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia.
"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, or around 6,000 years 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.
Australia's Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer will be the most lethal surface combatant ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy. In its role as the combat system integrator, Raytheon Australia is responsible for the design, integration, testing and activation of the Hobart Class Combat System, as well as delivery of the associated land-based support facilities.
For over sixteen years Raytheon Australia has established itself as a trusted partner of the Royal Australian Navy on its Collins Class Submarine program. Throughout Raytheon's involvement on the Collins program, the company has established and invested in combat system design and sustainment facilities across the country.
Raytheon Australia engineers and technicians have developed the unique skills to integrate at a ‘systems-of systems' level, delivering regionally superior capability to our customers including the Royal Australian Navy.
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.
Raytheon Australia stands ready to work with Defence on future projects and to continue to partner with the Australian Defence Force in their mission to protect Australia and its national interest.