“We give the pilot command and control; superior situational awareness,” said Ken Murphy, a director of international business development for Raytheon.
Murphy is a U.S. Air Force Weapons School graduate and former fighter pilot, with 27 years of flying everything from F-4 and F-22 fighter jets to bombers like the B-52 and B-1.
“With today’s avionics, we provide all-weather, day/night capability and identify targets as friend or foe,” Murphy said, adding that the pilot can “see before being seen” thanks to the company’s electronic warfare technology.
“We provide all the information and systems that make the aircraft as effective as they can be,” he said.
Engaging the enemy with superior weaponry
And when the pilot’s inside the engagement envelope, missiles like the AMRAAM®; AIM-9X® Block II, the latest variant of the Sidewinder missile; and MALD® — three different weapons that complement each other — allow the warfighter to dominate the skies.
Raytheon integrates these products to provide a full spectrum of firepower for the pilot.
“It’s about collaboration,” Rodriguez said. “What we’ve done in the last 10 years with products like AMRAAM, AIM-9X, MALD and the AESA radar — all of these would have been conceptual discussions when I was on active duty,” Rodriguez said. “And now, here we are fielding them and making them the core capabilities of not only the U.S. warfighter, but also the coalition warfighter.”
The variety of Raytheon technologies that support the fighter pilot gives the company deep expertise when it comes to helping the pilot engage and return.
“Very few, probably no other company in the world, has that level of influence over the air dominance domain,” Rodriguez said. “We help them ‘hold the line’ and come back safely.”