Defence technology provider Raytheon is planning to hire almost 2,000 new employees in order to expand its business in Southern Arizona, US.

The new jobs will be added at Raytheon's Missile Systems’ business headquarters over the next five years.

A statement on the company's website reveals that it will hire employees all skill levels, with an emphasis on engineering and other higher-wage, technical positions.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said: "With an existing workforce of 10,000 people and a network of over 500 suppliers in Arizona, Raytheon is the largest private employer in Southern Arizona and has an incredibly positive economic impact throughout our state.

"Increasing Raytheon's infrastructure and job growth in Arizona is a major win for all of us, and the result of strong partnerships statewide."

The proposed expansion is expected to contribute to the state's economy.

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"Increasing Raytheon's infrastructure and job growth in Arizona is a major win for all of us, and the result of strong partnerships statewide."

Partners in support of the expansion include the Arizona Commerce Authority, Pima County, City of Tucson, Sun Corridor, Tucson Electric Power and the Tucson Airport Authority.

Arizona Commerce Authority president and CEO Sandra Watson: "Following a competitive search process, Arizona's pro-business policies, exceptional talent and strategic location won out.

“This project will create a significant number of high-wage jobs, adding to the already strong momentum in Southern Arizona."

Raytheon said that job creation, facility expansion and enhanced operational output are expected to result in billions of dollars for Arizona's economy over a period of ten years.

The company currently employs 61,000 people and generated $23bn in sales in 2015.

Image: Raytheon to hire new employees as part of Southern Arizona expansion. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon.