Raytheon Australia marks 2,500 EW support missions

Raytheon Australia’s Electronic Warfare Training Services (EWTS) has completed 2,500 flight missions in support of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Defence Force.

Using two heavily-modified Learjet 35A jet aircraft fitted with advanced electronic warfare systems, Raytheon’s Electronic Warfare Training Services conducts missions ranging from EW system training, test, experimentation and evaluation trials, to radar jamming and deception, communications denial and deception and radar threat simulation.

“Our 16 year relationship with the Royal Australian Navy in the provision of electronic warfare training and simulation services attests to the strength of our trusted partnership with the ADF,” Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said.

The electronic warfare mission system on the two Learjets has been designed and built for expansion and upgrade, catering for training against emerging threats, and are supported by real-time signal monitoring and response through a comprehensive mission management and recording capability, enabling full mission playback and analysis. 

In the last two years, Raytheon and the Commonwealth have co-invested more than $5 million to significantly upgrade the capability.

“Exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum will feature as a key element of the future battlespace. As the warfighter faces new and emerging threats, a strong partnership with defence industry will contribute to the safety of the warfighter and security of our nation,” Ward said.

“Looking to the future, world-leading electronic warfare capability will contribute to the foundation for increased defence and industry co-operation, enabling Raytheon and the ADF to further develop sovereign capability together.”