At A Glance
Headquartered in Tewksbury, MA, Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.
One of the attributes that distinguishes Raytheon scientists and engineers is the fact that they’re never completely satisfied with a particular solution. That’s because in today’s ever-changing global market, new customer requirements are always emerging.
Raytheon's operating units are organized into broad business areas:
- Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) - One of the new technologies being developed by Raytheon IDS is the gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor. Currently being researched at the Raytheon Radio Frequency Component (RRFC) Center in Andover, Mass., the GaN semiconductor will serve as an important building block for the next generation of radar. The new GaN semiconductors are believed to be 10 times more powerful than current semiconductors made with gallium arsenide (GaAs). And since semiconductors are responsible for powering radars, the GaN semiconductor represents a significant leap in technology.
- Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) - Right now IIS is in the process of modernizing the U.S. Air Force’s distributed Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems. The goal is to maximize operational effectiveness by creating a worldwide, network-centric enterprise that facilitates the distribution of the right information — at the right time. Called Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) 10.2, this real-time information sharing program is leading the way toward seamless interoperability among all military services using the open architecture, Web-based DCGS Integration Backbone (DIB).
- Network Centric Systems (NCS) - Over the past 20 years Raytheon has been developing optical phased-arrays (OPAs), the optical analog of microwave phased-array antennas. These new optical components enable computer-programmable, all-electronic steering and focusing of laser beams — with no moving parts. Whereas microwave arrays may be as large as 10 stories tall for a high-resolution system, an optical phased-array will fit in the palm of your hand. OPAs also feature 1,000 times the resolution and 1,000 times the steering precision of microwave antennas. Raytheon is using this technology to leverage its development of advanced laser communications systems with markedly enhanced features.
- Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) - The future of innovative RMS technology is embodied in the Laser Area Defense System. LADS employs a solid state, fiber laser to counter threat rockets and mortars. In a 2006 demonstration, LADS destroyed static, 60mm mortars at ranges greater than 500 meters by focusing and holding a laser beam on the mortar. Plans call for integrating LADS into the Phalanx Close in Weapon System. This will provide warfighters with speed-of-light protection in the battlespace. The benefits include: instant and deep magazine capability, ability to defeat sustained engagements, complementary with existing kinetic solutions, 360 degree coverage, mission depth and flexibility, and reduced life cycle costs. Current LADS development includes the capability to hit moving targets.
- Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) - A major part of SAS’ future plans is the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). Incorporating state-of-the-art focal plane, optics and materials technologies, MODIS is the key instrument aboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA’s Earth Observing System. MODIS helps scientists develop interactive Earth system models by measuring the planet’s land, oceans and atmosphere. Every one to two days, it views Earth’s surface in its entirety, documenting global dynamics and processes. From its sun-synchronous polar orbit, MODIS acquires data in 36 spectral bands — from visible to long-wave infrared. Specific global survey data includes surface temperature, ocean color, vegetation and land surface cover conditions, cloud and aerosol properties, total atmospheric water vapor and total ozone measurements. This wide-field-of-view coverage of Earth’s surface makes possible a detailed understanding of global ecosystems, allowing policy-makers to develop appropriate environmental protection policies.