Raytheon Technologies’ businesses bring defence industry expertise in many areas including engineering, government relations, export opportunities and infrastructure.
“Each branch of Raytheon Technologies is able to leverage their individual positions across all of those categories, which affords us a stronger posture in winning those opportunities,” said Jeff Lewis, chief executive and managing director for Raytheon UK.
With combined experience in areas including advanced data analytics, AI, cyber and the multi-domain battlespace, the company is well-suited to address key defence concerns for the U.K. military, Lombardi said.
“We tackle those threats through collaboration across our businesses and leverage those different areas of legacy experience in more strategic ways than we previously could,” he said.
A clear example of that collaboration is the company’s work on the F-35 fighter jet, which is part of the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fleet. The U.K.’s F-35Bs, currently deployed aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth with Carrier Strike Group 21, feature numerous components from across Raytheon Technologies. They include Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system, which gives the jet its short takeoff and vertical landing capability, and Collins Aerospace’s Joint Secure Air Combat Training System and Tactical Training Combat Systems.
Other Raytheon Technologies contributions to the F-35 include improved situational awareness in head-mounted displays with joint technologies from Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Intelligence & Space; precision weapons systems from Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Raytheon UK; the Raytheon Intelligence & Space Joint Precision Approach Landing System (JPALS), which enables precision landing in challenging settings like rugged terrain or rough seas; and the weapon bay door system and the simulator visual systems produced by Collins Aerospace in the U.K.
The U.K.’s defence industry plays a key role in the production and sustainment of the F-35. More than 100 U.K.-based suppliers make parts for the jet; U.K. industry will build about 15 percent of each F-35, generating significant export revenue and GDP growth while supporting more than 21,000 jobs across every region of the U.K.