Designing Unique Solutions - Raytheon Technologies

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Merger of Raytheon Technologies, including the four businesses entities in the group Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missile & Defense, with United Technologies signifies creation of  the world’s most advanced aerospace and defence systems provider and consolidation of transformative technologies that make air travel safer and more connected, defence systems smarter to keep ahead of threats and space technologies intelligent to enable progress for humankind.  Ashmita Sethi, President and Country Head, Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon group company, shares with us an overview of their expanding operations, empowering capabilities, enabling partnerships in India, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region and a vision for the post-pandemic resurgence. Excerpts from the interview:

Over a century, Raytheon has been serving the commercial aerospace and defence industries offering world-class engineering solutions and products. Could you take us through the successful legacy of the company by highlighting major achievements?

The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies in April 2020 combined two companies with distinctive legacies in transformative technologies – breaking barriers, designing unique solutions, and reimagining the possible. Raytheon Technologies will continue building on that history as we shape the future of air travel, global defence and space exploration.

Raytheon Technologies has more than 60,000 engineers and scientists who are collaborating across the company and leveraging complementary skills to yield new breakthroughs. Throughout our history, our engineers have confronted some of the world’s most daunting challenges. That heritage includes developing the radars and aircraft engines that helped the Allies prevail in World War II, the computer that guided Apollo 11 to the moon and the environmental satellite systems that generate detailed information on severe weather events.

Our transformative technologies have resulted in era-defining achievements, including the pioneering use of gallium nitride (GaN), the deployment of increasingly sophisticated military radars and defence systems and the development of advanced materials for aircraft weight reduction.

Creating the world’s most advanced aerospace and defence systems provider, United Technologies and Raytheon completed merger of equals transaction in 2020. How crucial a move is this merger for the company?

Raytheon Technologies, including our four businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missile & Defense – solves customers’ most-complex problems to make air travel safer and more connected, defence systems smarter to keep ahead of threats and space technologies intelligent to enable progress for humankind.

With this merger, we can leverage the capabilities, scalability and power of Raytheon Technologies, including all the solutions that the businesses bring with double the portfolio to help our customers achieve mission success, make product in India, develop the local knowledge base and grow the Indian economy.

How do you look at South Asian and Middle East as a market for expanding the footprints of Raytheon? Could you shed some light onto your operations in these regions?

Raytheon Technologies serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company is approximately 50 percent international and 50 percent U.S. domestic, and 50 percent commercial and 50 percent defence. We view the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions as key growth markets for the company. For our defence business, India, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Australia are countries where we see significant future growth potential. Across the Asia Pacific region, we see opportunities for our commercial aviation business as well.  The Middle East region also offers tremendous growth opportunities for both our defence and commercial businesses. Today Raytheon Technologies has significant presence in India, Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.

India is actively proceeding with the modernisation of its armed forces and what could Raytheon offer to augment this as reliable partner for over 60 years? Also, how do Raytheon and group companies support the Make in India programme?

Raytheon Technologies is able to bring complementary capabilities from across our four businesses to customers, including India’s Armed Forces. In addition, we are supporting Make in India through our work at our Collins Aerospace design and engineering centres in Hyderabad and Bangalore and by partnering with local companies. Pratt & Whitney’s GTF MRO with Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) supports the government’s vision of developing India as a MRO hub, and it continues to ramp up its partnered investments in supply chain, sustainment and research and engineering – working with leading Indian suppliers.    

Key capabilities that we will be able to offer as a result of the merger include:

Communications:

  • For military customers, we are bringing Raytheon’s expertise in secure military networks, command and control and cybersecurity together with the Collins Aerospace’s expertise in tactical communication devices embedded within weapons systems. This combination will allow us to better develop communications systems that are more integrated and more interoperable, which defence customers have identified as one of their major challenges today.  Our solutions, next generation software-defined radios, advanced sensors and navigation systems, empower the intelligent or connected battlespace of today and tomorrow.

Cyber solutions

  • Raytheon Technologies’ broad portfolio of cybersecurity solutions reflects our commitment to protect our networks, products and customers. Greater connectivity and intelligence increases the cyber risks. As the cyber threat continues to evolve, resilient, adaptable protections are required. With decades of cybersecurity experience, Raytheon Technologies offers layered cybersecurity capabilities that can be customized to meet military, government and commercial business cyber protection needs. We’re bringing together Raytheon’s advanced cyber capabilities with Collins Aerospace’s and Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft systems expertise, as well as data network, communication and information management systems.

Multi-Domain Battlespace

  • Multi-domain battlespace will provide seamless integration, connecting mission-critical military platforms and systems worldwide across all domains – air, land, sea, cyber and space. With expertise in both product manufacturing and software and systems integration, we are collaborating across Raytheon Technologies to bring the right solutions, including sensors, software, data, interconnectivity, and speed, to provide the right information to the right people at the right time.

What are Raytheon’s plans for Aero India 2021 exhibition? How do you look at the expo to forge new partnerships with Indian defence players?

A key part of Raytheon Technologies’ strategy in India is to collaborate with local companies. Given the pandemic, we will leverage our teams in India primarily to support meetings during the event.

Since 2008 Collins Aerospace has continued to grow and invest in India, transfer technology, and provide open, affordable solutions to military and commercial partners and customers. Could you share the latest updates of the company’s operations?

Raytheon Technologies’ businesses have been investing in India since the 1960s when Pratt & Whitney’s JT3D engine powered Air India’s first Boeing 707, marking the beginning of its now long-standing involvement in the nation’s aerospace growth across commercial, defence, regional and general aviation. Today, the company’s businesses, including Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense, offer a wide range of products and services for commercial and government customers, are partnering with local companies and are developing product in country in support of Make in India.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense provides a variety of defensive capabilities to the Indian Armed Forces. Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides automation of air traffic control services at Chennai International Airport and the ground segment for the GPS-aided GEO Augmented Navigation System.

Established in India in 1997, Collins Aerospace has about 5,500 employees in country. The business has continued to expand its footprint in India, most notably with the India Design Centre in Hyderabad and the Global Engineering Center in Bangalore. Collins is one of the largest exporters of aerospace products from India, serving local and international governments, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and defence contractors with engineering, system design and product development services to help them achieve a shorter time to market, lower program or project life-cycle cost, and innovative solutions of the highest quality.

Pratt & Whitney has more than 1,500 in-service engines and auxiliary power units in India. It has one of the largest footprints of any engine maker in the country. In 2015, we opened the Pratt & Whitney India Training Centre in Hyderabad to provide state-of-the-art engine maintenance and performance training to domestic and international airline customers. The business also supports the Indian Air Force, powering major platforms like the C-17 Globemaster III with the F117 engine, and the PC-7 Trainers with the iconic PT6A engine. Its V2500 engines helped usher in a new age of private aviation in the country.

Two Pratt & Whitney-manufactured Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, which power Airbus A320 NEO family planes, have crossed two million flight hours in India. What are the business prospects for the company in the fast-growing Indian civil aviation industry?

IndiGo and GoAir were early adopters of the revolutionary GTF engine, and these engines have crossed two million flight hours in-country. Our 180 GTF powered aircraft in India are now delivering an extraordinary engine dispatch reliability rate of 99.98%. The GTF has delivered on its promised ability to reduce fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%, reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50%, and to slash noise footprint by 75%.  Our customers recognize the superior fuel efficiency that these engines deliver – and are prioritizing operating their GTF-powered aircraft before any others. The engine has a long runway for future growth and Pratt & Whitney will be ready for what the industry and India needs next.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has completed its acquisition of Lafayette-based Blue Canyon Technologies LLC, a small-satellite manufacturer. How strong is the intelligence and space arm of Raytheon and what are the latest business developments?

Raytheon Intelligence & Space is delivering disruptive technologies to global customers to help them succeed in any domain and against any challenge, including in the following areas:

  • Air dominance:  Our open architecture radars, sensors and electronic warfare technologies give pilots superior detection, range, targeting and protection.
  • Intelligent Space: From missile warning and intelligence to weather, navigation and beyond, Raytheon Intelligence & Space's end-to-end space solutions deliver mission breakthroughs.
  • Cybersecurity: Our cybersecurity solutions protect every side of cyber for government agencies, businesses, and nations. We protect the most critical information, systems, and operations with breakthrough solutions.
  • Communications and Navigation: In the information age, secure communication and precise navigation are critical.
  • Decision Superiority: Our multiple-intelligence, or Multi-INT, technology collects intelligence from various sensors and sources to get a clearer picture of the environment.
  • Air Space Management: From drones to hypersonics to commercial space flight, tomorrow’s airspace will be filled with new technologies and new challenges. Preparing for them means modernizing — and securing —network architecture.
  • Battle Management: By simultaneously connecting domains and networking battle systems, commanders can make decisions quickly to ensure mission success.
  • Mission Support:  As a key system integrator, we work closely with the U.S. military and global customers to provide mission support. We offer a suite of tools for mission planning, situational awareness, training, software support and integration.

What are the products from Raytheon Missiles & Defense?

Raytheon Missiles & Defense breakthrough technologies enable sensors to see farther and command-and-control systems to process data faster. Operators can employ interceptors to engage their targets with even greater precision. Deployed around the world, these technologies are helping the U.S. and its allies make the world a safer place, such asthe National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS™ system, which offers air defenders a highly adaptable, mid-range solution for any operational air defense requirement.

Covid-19 has affected the defence industry too globally. How did Raytheon overcome the impact caused by the pandemic? What are the major projects in the post-pandemic period?

During the pandemic we prioritized the health and safety of our employees. Fortunately, there hasn’t been a significant impact on our defence operations during the pandemic. One of the strengths of our merger was the ability to diversify our revenue, meaning that the defence business could make up for the reduction in commercial air travel.

Could you share with us your visions and priorities for the company? What is the roadmap ahead and what are the major objectives?

Our goal is to define the future of aerospace and defence with ambitious technologies that push the limits of known science. With our added scale, Raytheon Technologies is in a position to immediately address the priorities of our commercial and defence customers faster and more efficiently than ever before. We have 60,000 engineers and scientists across key R&D areas – providing us with one of the best technology portfolios in the world.

The merger offers tremendous opportunities, especially around technology and innovation. Our customers are excited about the broad portfolio of technologies we are bringing to bear today. Our workforce is benefitting from the ability to share ideas, experiences and skills with new colleagues who share the same passion for innovation and our customers’ missions. The combined company can now bring technologies and capabilities together in support of programs and customers in India like never before.

What are Raytheon’s plans for IDEX & NAVDEX 2021 exhibition at Abu Dhabi? How do you look at the event to forge partnerships with Arabian and African defence Industries?

Raytheon Technologies is exhibiting at IDEX in February 2021 featuring capabilities from our four businesses, Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney. In the exhibit, we will highlight solutions of interest to defence customers in the UAE and Middle East region, ranging from air and missile defence, land warfare and naval warfare to counter UAS, cybersecurity and command and control.

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