TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 29, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:
RTN) has named a Turkish missile manufacturer as an international supplier of
a key component of the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T).
Under the agreement, Roket Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S (Roketsan) of Ankara,
Turkey, will subcontract to Raytheon to integrate and test the control
actuation system for the Patriot GEM-T missile for the United Arab Emirates.
Working with subcontractors throughout Turkey and the United States, Roketsan
will coordinate and perform the major assembly work at its Ankara facility.
Roketsan is Raytheon's first major trans-Atlantic supplier strategically
located to support the 11 countries in Europe and Asia, including several in
the Middle East, that have chosen Patriot as a key component of their air and
missile defense programs.
"Roketsan joins Raytheon as a key strategic partner providing integrated
air and missile defense to a growing number of international customers," said
Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated
Defense Systems (IDS). "To have a supplier with Roketsan's track record and
technical expertise located in Turkey, the crossroads between Europe and Asia,
will enable us to be even more responsive to our current and potential
customers in the region.
"Furthermore, Turkey is a stalwart member of NATO and is a key strategic
partner of the United States," Kapoor said.
In business since 1988, Roketsan is a proven leader in missile and rocket
programs and a major part of Turkey's defense industry.
"We are delighted to be working with Raytheon on the Patriot program,"
said Huseyin Baysak, general manager at Roketsan. "We have the engineering
expertise, experience, talented people, suppliers, and facilities to produce
precise and reliable control actuation system assemblies for the GEM-T.
Patriot is a combat-proven system ensuring the security of so many countries
from air and missile threats. We're proud to be recognized for the
capabilities we bring in what has been a very successful program for a long
time and is only getting better."
Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor, both domestic and international, for
the Patriot Air and Missile Defense weapon system and the system integrator of
the PAC-3 missile into the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities
Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad
international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense
Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 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 87 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 73,000 people worldwide.