Canberra – 26 March 2010: Raytheon Australia today congratulated the Australian Government, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Defence Materiel Organisation on the arrival of the first Australian Super Hornets.
The Managing Director of Raytheon Australia, Mr Michael Ward, paid tribute to the new capability and expressed the company’s pride at being a trusted partner in the Hornet Industry Team.
The Australian Super Hornet features numerous examples of Raytheon innovation including its APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver and the AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR (Advanced Forward Looking Infrared) targeting pod together with advanced weapons capabilities.
Mr Ward highlighted the efforts of the company’s Industry Development Unit (IDU) that is promoting the involvement of the highly capable Brisbane based SME, Micreo Ltd in the production of Raytheon’s ALR67(V)3 radar warning receiver. Raytheon’s IDU is a DMO funded initiative to secure access for Australian industry in global defence supply chains. In contracting Micreo to provide radio frequency modules for the Australian and export market Raytheon has also sought to mentor Micreo and guide it through Raytheon’s global organisation.
Raytheon Australia has also contracted with the Australian Super Hornet Program Office to provide training to RAAF Super Hornet aircrew and to maintain the Super Hornet’s flight simulators and other training devices.
Mr Ward said “This is a proud day for our company and I pay tribute to all those who have brought it about. Across the breadth of sensors, weapons and mission support capabilities Raytheon innovation is on display in the powerful new capability for Australia and in our experienced Amberley workforce we have a team eager to further support the Super Hornet’s mission success.”
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.
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