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June 2017 - Air Affairs Australia and Raytheon Australia sign teaming agreement

Air Affairs Australia and Raytheon Australia and have signed a teaming agreement that outlines a significant expansion of Australia’s Electronic Warfare Training Services (EWTS) capability.

Air Affairs Australia owns and operates a fleet of 13 special mission Learjet aircraft that provide specialised air training support services to Defence.  Currently, Raytheon Australia provides real-world simulation, testing and training services for the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force utilising two Raytheon-owned Learjets. This new teaming agreement will expand the current fleet of special mission aircraft available for delivery of EWTS and sharing of resources.

The new partnership will support Australia's Defence forces training in complex, high-threat electromagnetic environments that provide realistic adversarial EW operations. The partnership will enable further expansion in the Albatross Aviation Technical Park and has the potential to create further high technology employment in the Shoalhaven.

"Air Affairs Australia looks forward to working with Raytheon Australia and supporting Defence in its Electronic Warfare Training Services mission," said Chris Sievers, managing director of Air Affairs Australia.

Raytheon said EWTS missions are complex and involve sophisticated EW system training, test, experimentation and evaluation trials, radar jamming and deception, communications denial and deception, and radar threat simulation. "Electronic warfare will play an increasingly critical role in the battlespace of the future," said Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia.

"As the demand for sophisticated EW training systems grows, Raytheon Australia and Air Affairs Australia will be ready to respond and support Defence."
The combination of Air Affairs’ significant aviation operating capability and high capacity special mission air operations combined with Raytheon Australia’s EW pedigree will provide Defence the advanced capability it is seeking.

Air Affairs and Raytheon Learjet