WALTHAM, Mass. — The Paris Air Show is the kind of place where big planes fly like fighter jets and fighter jets fly like dancers.
It's a place where a mammoth jetliner will soar through a series of acrobatic dives and turns, while fighter pilots fly in tight formation and show off maneuvers that appear to defy physics.
And in a pavilion just steps from the flight line, experts from Raytheon will show off the latest developments in the company's defense and aerospace technology - missile-killing interceptors, hypersonic weapons, ultra-powerful radars, as well as a new approach to command and control.
They will also discuss strategies to protect machinery, vehicles and other systems from hackers, a major focus as Raytheon - long a go-to cybersecurity provider for government customers - becomes a commercial cyber leader as well.
"The evolving cyber threat from sophisticated nation-state adversaries and criminal enterprises has led to global demand for cybersecurity solutions," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. "The Paris Air Show affords us an ideal venue to show our international customers how our defense-grade cybersecurity technology can guard their military, commercial and critical infrastructure."
Raytheon's showcase of products this year - many of them finding new niches in U.S.-allied countries around the world - includes:
-- C5I: Raytheon is expanding the common military concept of C4I - command,
control, communications, computers and intelligence - to emphasize
another element: cyber. Company experts will be on hand to discuss how
the United States and its allies can protect existing technology from
cyber attacks and tie technologies together to work in concert with one
another - both within a nation's military and across international
-- Global Patriot Solutions: Poland has selected Patriot for its "Wisla"
air and missile defense program, and could become the sixth NATO nation
and 14th overall to field the system. Those countries are reaping the
benefits of joining a large network of Patriot users.
-- Standard Missile-3: A new ground-launched version of the
short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile interceptor is scheduled
to be operational in Romania later in 2015 and in Poland in 2018. SM-3,
traditionally launched from ships, launched successfully from an Aegis
Ashore weapon system in 2014.
-- Hypersonic weapons: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
recently awarded Raytheon a $20 million contract to continue developing
hypersonics, or highly maneuverable projectiles that can travel at
speeds in excess of Mach 5 - five times the speed of sound.
-- Excalibur: The 155 mm precision projectile, which can strike targets
from 30 miles away when fired by modern launchers, has successfully
fired from an M109A2/A3 howitzer, an early variant used by militaries
around the world. During those tests, two rounds struck their targets
from more than 20 kilometers, or 12 1/2 miles away. Excalibur is used by
the United States Army, United States Marine Corps and several
international military forces including Canada, Australia and Sweden.
Raytheon has also signed a letter of intent with the Polish missile and
ammunition manufacturer MESKO to collaborate on future Excalibur
-- Next Generation Jammer: The newest addition to Raytheon's legacy of
jammers, receivers, decoys and other electronic-warfare technology, Next
Generation Jammer will use active electronically scanned arrays and
gallium nitride technology to provide the U.S. Navy superior airborne
electronic attack and jamming power. Next Generation Jammer is expected
to fly on the Navy's carrier-based EA-18G fleet in 2021.
-- AMRAAM-ER: This missile has undergone further testing to show it can
fire from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, a
NATO-approved launcher used by the United States, Spain, Finland, the
Netherlands and Oman. Raytheon has integrated the motor from the Evolved
Sea Sparrow Missile into the AMRAAM-ER, enabling the new missile to
intercept targets at longer ranges and higher altitudes.
-- Small Diameter Bomb II: The newest version of this gliding, guided bomb
- now in production - has a seeker that can switch modes depending on
battlefield conditions, finding its targets through obstructions such as
darkness, smoke, fog and debris.
The Paris Air Show draws a mix of defense-industry decisionmakers and aviation enthusiasts, and it offers a complete look at the world of aircraft, missile defense technology and the systems that control and protect them.
Check Raytheon.com daily for feature articles and announcements from the show.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 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 cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.