21 Things to Know About Raytheon Defense Aerospace Company

(Last Updated On: March 25, 2020)

Though out the development of humans in the earth has faced many wars and conflicts, the reason for this war ranging from the food to oil. In the modern world, the reason for war changed from simple basic problems to acquiring advanced warfare technologies.

Raytheon Defense Contractor is one of the world’s leading defense contractors and Industrial Corporation.

1. Company Headquarter

Raytheon Defense Contractor company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States and it was founded by Vannevar Bush, Laurence K. Marshall and Charles G. Smith in 1922. Laurence K Marshall and Vannevar Bush were roommates and alma matter of Tufts University School of Engineering.

Charles G Smith was a scientist who was working on the electrical properties of gases. They captured the attention of the public by developing an innovative product called S gas rectifier tube, which is a kind of rectifier used to convert alternating current to direct current. Through that product, the home radios became inexpensive and affordable technology to every citizen.

2. The Beginning

In the beginning, the company was focused on electronic appliances. The Raytheon Defence Contractor Company started with the name of American Appliance Company later they marketed their radio tube in the name of Raytheon.

They changed the name of the company to Raytheon Manufacturing Company in 1925.

The name Raytheon Manufacturing Company introduced many game-changing products to the electronic market.

During its successful journey, it acquired Q.R.S Company and Acme-Delta Company. Both of the companies are producers of electronics and radio-related components like electron tubes, switches, transformers, power equipment, and electronic auto parts.

Like many other Defence and war equipment manufacturers in the world, Raytheon Defence Contractor Company has also started its warfare manufacturing

3. Manufacturing Company

The Raytheon Manufacturing Company got a contract for the mass manufacture of Magnetron, the experience in manufacturing electron tubes made the company winning the contract. The magnetron was discovered during the Second World War, which is a microwave generator, it is used in ground and ship-based radar systems.

By the end of the Second World War, the company produced almost eighty percent of the total magnetron produced for the war.

During the Second World war, they entered into building a shipboard radar system and the concept of the microwave oven was developed by Raytheon on the thorough research on the Magnetron tubes. Later they developed a microwave oven for commercial use.

4. After Second World War

After the Second World War, the Raytheon Manufacturing Company steadily stepped up into the defense sector. Now The Raytheon Defence Contractor Company is the largest producer of guided missiles. They began the journey through the acquisition of Submarine Signal Company.

The Submarine Signal Company was a leading expert manufacturer of underwater safety equipment. After this acquisition, Raytheon developed a wide range of missiles including. Raytheon was behind the development of the first missile that can hit a flying target.

5. Velocity Gated Continuous Wave Doppler

Raytheon developed a system known as velocity-gated continuous wave doppler radar and the United States government give some of their missiles to Raytheon to implemented their brand new guidance system on them. One of these missiles was the first successful surface to air missile of the United States of America.

6. Surface to Air Missile

Lark, Sparrow and Hawk missile’s contract is given to Raytheon defense Contractor Company.
These surface to air missiles give a new momentum to the Korean War front and later they were awarded the contract for Patriot antimissile missile, an anti-ballistic missile and Phoenix missile, a radar-guided missile.

The Raytheon Defence Contractor Company later stepped into the development of computers as a joint venture with Honeywell and formed Datamatic Corporation.

Raytheon acquired a company called Apelco Applied Electronics, by this acquisition Raytheon increased its capabilities in marine navigation and radio gear technology.

Even though the Raytheon Defence Contractor Company is growing as one of the leading warfare equipment manufactures they did not step back from the consumer electronics sector. Raytheon made and marketed low- to medium-powered television and radio receivers for the commercial market.

7. Developer of RADAR Systems

A C Cossor, one of the leading developers of radar systems merged with Raytheon Defence contractor Company in 1961 and created a new company named Raytheon Cossor. After development in the magnetron microwave generator, Raytheon Company developed and sold many microwave oven units in the commercial market and became the leading producer of microwave Owen.

8. Develop More Commercial Electronic Appliances

To develop more in the commercial electronic appliances market Raytheon Company acquired Amana Refrigeration. They are a leading manufacturer of refrigerators and air conditioners, by using Amana Refrigeration brand name Raytheon became a dominant player in household microwave oven business.

9. Started its Aircraft Company

In 1994 Raytheon started its aircraft company in the name of Raytheon Aircraft Manufacturer Company. From 2007 Raytheon Aircraft Manufacture company is selling its aircraft, they are mainly producing Business Jets, Twin Turboprop Aircrafts, and piston engine aircraft.

Before entering into the aircraft manufacturing Raytheon made few accusations to achieve the technology and the production line. In 1980 Raytheon acquired Beech aircraft cooperation and their business jet production started after the acquisition of Corporate Jets Inc.

10. Business Jet

Raytheon Aircraft Manufacturing Company is producing Business Jet in the name Hawker 4000, Beach jet 400A, Premier I, The twin air turboprop aircraft are known as King air and Bonanza piston engine aircraft.

11. Started Robotics

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Raytheon started focusing on robotics, for that Raytheon purchased a robotic and microelectromechanical system-related company called Sarcos.

12. Won 1 Billion Contract

In 2017 Raytheon Defence Contractor Company won a 1 billion contract from the United States Air Force for a Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program. The Contract won by beating other giants in defense technology like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

13. Won Many Defense Contracts

Raytheon has won many defense contracts around the world including Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, etc. In 2019 Raytheon and United Technologies are planning to merge for future pursuits. United Technology Corporation has already owned a defense giant called Rockwell Collins Aerospace Company, and its aerospace wing is known as UTC aerospace.

14. Shareholders for the Raytheon Company

There are many shareholders for the Raytheon company. The major shareholder of Raytheon Defence Contractor Company Wellington Management Company, Vanguard Group, State Street Corporation, Blackrock Institutional Trust Company, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss.

15. Wide Range of Products

Raytheon Defence Contractor Company has a wide range of products in the field of Air traffic control systems, Radar and Sensors, satellite sensors, Communication systems, Radioactive material detection systems, Semiconductors, Missile defense systems, Missiles, Hi-tech Simulators, and Training services.

16. ATC Management Products

The air traffic control and management products including Auto Trac III ATM System, a flight data and surveillance management system, has features like multi-sensor tracking, safety nets, flight data, clearance and has advanced interference for the professional to interact with the machine.


Another important product in air traffic control is The Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), which is an air traffic control automation system.

This system is currently used by airports in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration and this facility is using for both military and civil air traffic control.

Raytheon developed and manufactured many sensors and radar systems, they were used in different areas like electronics in airborne systems, navel systems and ground-based air traffic and other communication facilities.

18. RADAR Used in

F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, B-2 Spirit bomber, are some of the famous United States military aircraft that use radars manufactured by Raytheon defense Contractor Company.

RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV is using an integrated sensor suite developed by the Raytheon Company. Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared is a thermographic camera used by the military and navy of the United States of America, the sensor unit of this device was developed and manufactured by Raytheon, MPQ-64 Sentinel is radar defense system used by the military.

19. STSS

Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) is a system to detect ballistic missiles from space. This system was developed by United States Missile Defence Agency (MDA). The sensor units of these satellites were built by Raytheon Company.

Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) is another one satellite sensor and satellite communication system developed by the Raytheon Company for the United States Naval force. Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is a sensor unit used in the Suomi NPP satellite it is used for the space-based climate and weather predictions.

20. Advanced Communication Products

Raytheon Defence Contractor Company has several advanced communication products also, The Universal Control System (UCS) is one among them, and it is used in unmanned Ariel vehicles to efficiently control multiple unmanned Ariel vehicles.

Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), ECHELON and the Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT) are some of the United States programs or applications for communication. The soft radio and digital communication systems for this program were developed by Raytheon Defence Contractor Company.

AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missile, AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, BGM-71 TOW are some of the missile used by the unites states military, air force and navy, which was developed and manufactured by Raytheon Defence Contractor Company.

21. Hi-tech Simulators

High-tech simulators and training services are other important services offered by the Raytheon Company. Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) one of the world-famous training services which include strategy development, Training in design, development, learning technologies and administration.