Raytheon and Air Affairs Australia to expand EW training of ADF personnel


Raytheon Australia has partnered with Air Affairs Australia to expand the country's electronic warfare (EW) training services for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

The partnership will allow ADF personnel to train in complex, high-threat electromagnetic environments, Raytheon stated.

Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said: “EW will play an increasingly critical role in the battlespace of the future.

“As the demand for sophisticated EW training systems grows, Raytheon Australia and Air Affairs Australia will be ready to respond and support defence.”

"As the demand for sophisticated EW training systems grows, Raytheon Australia and Air Affairs Australia will be ready to respond and support defence."

Raytheon Australia currently delivers real-world simulation, testing and training services for the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force, by using two Raytheon-owned Learjets.

Under the terms of the agreement, the current fleet of special mission aircraft available for delivery of EWTS will be expanded.

The EWTS missions involve EW system training, experimentation, and evaluation trials, radar jamming and deception, communications denial and deception, and radar threat simulation. 

Air Affairs Australia managing director Chris Sievers said: “Air Affairs Australia looks forward to working with Raytheon Australia and supporting Defence in its EW training services mission.

“The combination of Raytheon Australia’s EW pedigree with Air Affairs’ high-capacity special mission air operation will provide Defence the advanced capability it is seeking.”

Air Affairs Australia currently owns and operates a fleet of 13 special mission Learjet aircraft that offer specialised air training support services to ADF.