July 10, 2012
Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon’s Missile Systems business, is less than happy about the U.K.’s recent approach to weapons planning, including the awards made so far under the Team Complex Weapons (TCW) initiative.
“We have been disappointed in the pace of opportunities presented to us,” Lawrence says. “The U.K. said that it was open to competition, but so far we have not seen any competition coming forward.”
Lawrence cites the tri-mode seeker in Raytheon’s Small Diameter Bomb II as an example of technology useful to the U.K., “but the last few programs [out of TCW] have been sole-source awards.” Would that technology be applicable to a weapon like MBDA’s Spear? “I think so, if we are allowed to have a shot at it . . . in both senses,” he says.
Lawrence maintains that Raytheon is the most international of U.S. companies. “We have worked with European partners for decades — on RAM [Rolling Airframe Missile] with Diehl and others and on ESSM [Evolved Seasparrow Missile] across NATO. We were just in Norway with Nammo — they’ve done incredible work in energetics and rocketry and they are starting up as a second source for the Amraam motor. We’ve been a U.K. company for 50-60 years.”
Meanwhile, a new opportunity for Raytheon is the U.S. Navy’s search for a new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) weapon. “We have been talking about network-enabled weapons for a number of years,” Lawrence says. “Tomahawk Block IV is network-enabled and we are looking at an ASuW version with a sensor. It’s a natural step — but it is both a capability and a vulnerability. You need the network and the communications, but you also need information assurance because you don’t want to let the bad guys in. That would be a bad day.”
Has any such intrusion attempt happened? “None that I can talk about,” Lawrence says.