Raytheon Australia’s association with the Collins Class Submarine Combat System has demonstrated the company’s ability to be a trusted partner on major undersea projects.
The success of Raytheon Australia’s efforts has centred on a capable and experienced engineering resource matched by proven program management expertise, quality processes, important US linkages and an enviable record of performance in Australian naval systems integration.
What has remained constant is a firm commitment on the part of the company to find innovative ways to address the challenges faced by the customer.
Since 1999 Raytheon Australia’s work on Collins has included:
- Working with the then incumbent to help stabilise the legacy combat system and reach an initial operational capability;
- Assuming responsibility for successfully completing the original combat system contract including finalising the shore facility and completing remaining platform deliveries;
- Being involved in the Combat System Augmentation program;
- Being selected for the Collins Replacement Combat System;
- Supporting the ongoing Replacement Combat System Technical Insert program.
The culmination of Raytheon’s considerable and innovative efforts on the replacement combat system occurred in exercises off Hawaii in 2008 when HMAS Waller became the first submarine to undertake a live firing of a CBASS heavyweight torpedo. Since this time Raytheon has successfully installed, developed and managed delivery of the Replacement Combat System on five of the six Submarine Platforms
This has been and remains a demonstration of the company’s proven ability to be a trusted partner of its military customers.
By using proven processes and systems, Raytheon Australia delivers mission assurance by creating safe, reliable and low-risk solutions with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Having successfully integrated and delivered the Collins Class Replacement Combat System, the company continues to provide in-service support for the Mission System through the evolving life cycle program.
Co-located with the customer, the Raytheon Australia team has worked with the end-user to deliver a successful mission system; conducting system design, manufacture, integration, test, set to work and installation of the Mission System throughout its evolution.