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Raytheon matching steps with India’s security needs


 
 
  Published: June 2013
 
 
 
   

RAYTHEON has a well-crafted and thoughtful India strategy that has the buy-in and support of Raytheon’s leadership.

 

It 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 Strategic.

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 Raytheon’s 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 Raytheon’s 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 warfare solutions.

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 capability.

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 world’s 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, India’s 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 India?

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 Raytheon’s solutions for UAVs requirement of India?

Raytheon’s 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, Raytheon’s 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 Security assets.

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, Raytheon’s technologies are not used on any of India’s existing UAV fleet.

Where does India stand in Raytheon’s 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 marketplace.

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.

 
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