Raytheon and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology ink electronic warfare agreement

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Lab will focus on advanced EW techniques

Raytheon signed an interactive project agreement with Defence Science and Technology (DST) to work collaboratively to develop and prototype advanced electronic warfare capabilities for the Australian Defence Force’s priorities and programs.

Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, has welcomed the agreement saying it further strengthens the partnership between DST and Raytheon.

“Our ability to build Defence capability relies on support from industry to deliver leading-edge innovation and research,” said Dr Zelinsky. “Scientific organisations alone cannot achieve the needed advances without extensive collaboration with industry and academia.”

Under the agreement, Raytheon will provide its Multi-Function Receiver Exciter System test bench, a control system and a modelling and simulation environment. The lab will use MFIRES, a part of a product family that includes Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-band, to evolve and test advanced EW techniques.

“Controlling the electromagnetic spectrum is essential to today’s mission success,” said Doug Marimon, director of Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. “By combining U.S. and Australian strengths, we enhance our ability to deliver decisive EW capabilities in the Pacific and beyond.”

Along with its electronic attack capability, MFIRES is also a radar warning receiver, providing electronic support and protection. Integrating multiple functions enables system success across the full EW mission by using less power, weight and space, all crucial elements in creating a significant advantage in electronic warfare.

Raytheon brings 50 years of EW experience and an established reputation for electromagnetic spectrum reliability and performance.  DST Group, Australian industry and Raytheon will stand-up the lab in Adelaide, where they will take the first step toward creating a sovereign, integrated electronic warfare solution in Australia.

About Raytheon Australia
As Australia’s leading provider of whole-of-life integrated solutions, Raytheon Australia provides integrated mission solutions for the Australian Defence Force for Surface Ships, Submarines, Joint Battlespace Systems and Mission Support as well as training solutions for both Defence and civil customers.  Raytheon Australia was established in 1999 as a full subsidiary of Raytheon Company.  It has since grown to be one of Australia’s most significant Defence companies employing more than 1350 Australians.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.

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