FARNBOROUGH, UK, (July 11, 2012) — Raytheon UK and QinetiQ have achieved a major milestone in the development of Compact Penetrator warheads, with the completion of ‘sled trials’ at the UK’s Pendine test range. The Compact Penetrator warhead has the same outer mould-line and mass of the current Paveway™ IV enhanced Mk 82 warhead and has demonstrated a significantly increased penetration capability through the series of target engagement trials. Raytheon UK and QinetiQ have been working closely with Thales under the UK’s Weapon Technology Centre Compact Penetrator programme. The 25 month initiative will also undertake operational environment assessments, such as transportation, handling and air carriage.
Bob Delorge, chief executive of Raytheon UK, commented: “With this latest development, coupled with our own technological investment and partnerships with UK industry, Raytheon UK continues to advance the potential of Paveway™ IV to meet the emerging needs of the UK’s armed forces.”
In addition, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has also procured further Paveway™ IVs from Raytheon UK under a new £14 million contract. The production of this new procurement follows the £60 million Operation Ellamy replenishment order, which is scheduled to commence deliveries at the end of July this year.
Raytheon UK’s programme growth path will enhance the system’s capability with the low collateral and penetrator warhead options, enhanced moving target capability and enhanced range.
About the Weapons Technology Centre
The Weapons Technology Centre (WTC) was established in August 2010 as a partnership between MOD and the UK Complex Weapons Industrial Base operating under a prime contract between Dstl Programme Office and Qinetiq. The WTC now has over 40 partners from Weapons Prime Contractors through to small to medium enterprises and academia.
About Raytheon UK
Raytheon UK is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets. Raytheon UK also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at its facilities in Harlow, Glenrothes, Uxbridge, Waddington and Broughton.
Raytheon UK continues to be a valued player in the UK complex weapons sector, with the ability to reachback for value for money solutions and technologies, integrate weapon systems onto UK platforms, enhance existing products to meet future UK requirements, industrialise in order to provide an appropriate level of UK operational sovereignty, provide in-country and in-service support for its products, and export from the UK when appropriate.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 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 a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.