Momemtum Article: Raytheon Australia Redefines Smart Sustainment Solutions
Raytheon Australia has redefined how the defence industry can deliver smart sustainment solutions to the Australian Defence Force. With more than 14 years of investment in Australia, the company has carefully constructed the processes, tools and expertise necessary to develop a holistic, systems engineering approach to sustainment – resulting in increased capability and availability whilst reducing life cycle costs.
The company’s unique smart sustainment model relies on its integrated logistics capability to design, plan, implement and maintain smart sustainment solutions. At the heart of this systems approach to sustainment is the collection of timely and accurate data from engineering, maintenance and supply support – all driving towards a "single source of the truth" to improve sustainment efficiencies.
By using this method for delivering sustainment, Raytheon Australia has significantly increased the availability of systems on multiple programs for Defence, including the life of type extension of the Australian Defence Air Traffic System by five years. On the Collins class submarine program, the company has increased the availability of the combat system by decreasing the turnaround time of critical assets to just four weeks. The availability of the APG-73 program was improved by transitioning the sustainment activities from the US-based original equipment manufacturer to Raytheon Australia, with the company now repairing 60 per cent of assets in-country.
In addition to improved availability, the company has delivered noteworthy cost savings to Defence, including a $20 million reduction in the total life cycle costs for the F-111 program. As part of its Defence Calibrations program, the company successfully halved the number of labs needed to execute 11 000 calibrations per year with an average turnaround time of just 10 days. Raytheon Australia continues to build on this strong pedigree of smart sustainment solutions, delivered by its capable in-country workforce, providing real capability that is ready now.