focuses on our core principles and values in delivering
Raytheon’s cutting edge, innovative solutions
to solving some of India’s toughest challenges
in defense, homeland security and civil aviation.
“This strategy will help us position for growth
in the long term. It includes potentially growing
our positions in Air Traffic Management (ATM)
and pursuing key programmes in defense and homeland
security,”said Nik Khanna, India Country Director,
Raytheon, in an exclusive interview to India
What will be the steps
you will be taking to keep Raytheon moving ahead
in the Indian market?
The GPS-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation
(GAGAN) System, which will provide satellite-based
navigation for civil aviation over Indian airspace
and adjoining areas in South and East Asia, is
progressing on schedule. This is a true partnership
between Raytheon and the Government of India.
Raytheon is building the ground stations for the
GAGAN System, while the Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) and Airports Authority of
India (AAI) are providing the space segment, additional
ground equipment, as well as participating in
the integration and operating the system.
Where does Raytheon stand
in the Indian market for air borne systems?
Raytheon is a world leader in air warfare systems
and we have proposed several weapon systems to
the IAF for consideration on multiple platforms.
Our Munitions Control Unit (MCU) on the Jaguar
allows for integration of different weapon systems,
which we have proposed to the IAF. On the ISR
front, the recently inducted Boeing P-8I Long
Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft utilises Raytheons
AN/APY-10 multi-mission surface search radar with
a range of 200-400 km. Our advanced active electronically
scanned array (AESA) radar technology integrated
with a long range platform and an ISR enterprise
management system would enable the GOI to conduct
unmatched wide area surveillance and strategic
reconnaissance of the India frontier.
Are Raytheons maritime
and naval systems and solutions as popular as
the ones for army and air force?
You may think of Raytheon as the radar
company or the missiles company, but
we are also a world leader in maritime and naval
Our MS3 sonar is totally scalable and is unique
as it can be installed in ships of the size of
the new 850 ton Indian Navy Coastal ASW ship.
Our Airborne Low Frequency Sonar is a highly capable
anti-submarine warfare solution, deployed from
the MH-60R multimillion helicopter to detect enemy
submarines. Highly integrated with the MK54 lightweight
torpedo, we offer the full detect-to-engage ASW
Our MK54 Lightweight Torpedo, co-developed
by Raytheon and the US Navy, is the next generation
anti-submarine warfare weapon deployed from a
surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft
to track, classify, and attack underwater targets.
The MK54 is designed for both deep water and
littoral environments, making it the only lightweight
torpedo capable of striking any target in the
worlds oceans, regardless of water depth.
These were already identified for the IN inventory
through the P-8I and consideration should be given
to expanding that inventory with new ship requirements
and Naval Multi Role Helicopter (NMRH) programmes.
Where does India figure
in your look east policy?
India seems to be revamping its Look
East policy as it signs free trade agreements
with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN), Korea, and Japan and discusses hydrocarbon
exploration with Vietnam in the disputed South
China Sea. Though always wary of Chinese interests
in the region, Indias own strategic policy
is coming into play as it forges close economic
links to the rest of Asia.
With the January 2012 DoD Rebalancing Strategy
towards the Asia Pacific, we see a fundamental
shift in how Asia-Pacific nations prioritise a
variety of challenges, including maritime and
coastal surveillance, humanitarian assistance
and disaster recovery and anti-piracy. We see
four major priorities for our customers in the
Asia Pacific region: Maritime Security, Ground-Based
Air Defense, Naval Modernisation, with an eye
towards Anti-Submarine Warfare (AsW) and Integrated
Air and Missile Defense. Raytheon is a world leader
in all of these areas.
How many of Raytheon
space products have been a part of launches in
The Chandrayaan-I lunar mission included 14
instruments in total; two from the United States.
We are extremely proud that both of those NASA
instruments were provided by Raytheon.
Under contract to the Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division, Raytheon provided the antenna,
transmitter, analog receiver and software for
the sensor system to Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory, which then integrated
the sensor system with the spacecraft.
We also supplied system engineering, integration
and test support. The main mission of the system
was to detect water at depths up to several meters
in the frozen regions of the lunar poles.
Does maintenance and
supply of spares figure in your business expansion
plans in India?
Yes, most definitely. Given the years of providing
advanced defense systems and technologies, we
have built in hardware/software maintenance contracts
along with the supply of spares to our Indian
partners. Where possible, we would like to provide
this support through in-country partners. This
also forms a basis for our supply chain management
strategy in India.
What are Raytheons
solutions for UAVs requirement of India?
Raytheons Multi-Spectral Targeting SystemTM
(MTS) family of sensor solutions provides superior
detecting, ranging and tracking for military forces
worldwide, including on some of the most sophisticated
UAVs in the US inventory today.
Integrated on manned and unmanned aerial systems
such as the C-130J fixed wing aircraft (which
India is slated to increase from the initial 6
aircraft), the MH-60 helicopter and the medium
altitude long endurance Reaper drone, Raytheons
MTSTM surpassed two million operational flight
hours on more than 2,000 fielded systems as of
June 2013. MTSTM sensors have been integrated
on more than 20 platforms representing all branches
of the US military and Department of Homeland
A turreted or forward looking pod combining
multiple sensors, the MTSTM equips aerial platforms
with an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR)
full-motion video camera system that permits long-range
surveillance and high-altitude acquisition, tracking
and laser designation. Currently, Raytheons
technologies are not used on any of Indias
existing UAV fleet.
Where does India stand
in Raytheons regional and global strategies?
Given our more than 60 years in India, we have
developed an intimate relationship with our Indian
customers, suppliers and partners. We know what
they are looking for and how we need to work with
domestic companies in order to serve the Indian
marketplace, but also to provide for the global
We fully expect partnerships with Indian companies
to be mutually beneficial for business and while
a singular programme may lead to a partnership,
we are advocates for a longer-term view of potential
collaborations with our partners. This may include
co-development to Indian requirements, co-production
and long-term customer support for global customers.