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Raytheon Australia opens Centre for Collaboration

Raytheon Australia’s new advanced Centre for Collaboration in southeast Queensland is now open, enabling opportunities for greater collaboration between the defence industry and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The minister for defence industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, officially opened the centre, which marks a significant investment by Raytheon Australia in its national infrastructure plan for a network of purpose-built, secure facilities around the country.

Located in Cannon Hill, the Centre for Collaboration supplements the capabilities of the Centre for Joint Integration in Adelaide, South Australia, the Centre for Engineering in Sydney, NSW, and the Customer Engagement Centre in Canberra, ACT.

Raytheon Australia’s managing director Michael Ward said, “With 25 years’ experience supporting Australia’s Defence eco-system, we know how important it is for all parties to work together to support our national Defence.”

The new centre will serve as a central hub for electronic warfare, air traffic management, ground-based air defence, and integrated logistics, and will help facilitate collaboration with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Defence.

“The Centre for Collaboration enables our highly skilled workforce to work side-by-side with the ADF and our local industry partners to deliver tailored, world-leading capability for those in uniform that suits their requirements and Australia’s unique conditions,” said Ward.

With a focus on upskilling industry, the Centre for Collaboration will also actively support Raytheon Australia’s innovative Capability Plus program, which provides pathways for SMEs to develop and enhance their capability to work with Defence.

The centre is also a practical investment in the growth of Australia’s industrial base.

“It is these opportunities for collaboration that enable us to continue our work as a true capability partner for Australia’s Defence, as we play our part in protecting Australia’s national security,” said Ward.

The Centre for Collaboration is a four-level, 7,800-square-metre facility that features software integration laboratories, technical workshops, training rooms, integration spaces, and adaptable office accommodation.

“This investment will not only support upskilling our future workforce, but also give them unique experience working on some of the most exciting and complex programs in the country,” said Ward.

The facility will be a base for Brisbane-based employees, including an expanding graduate cohort, as well as for uniformed and Defence personnel.

Raytheon is an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business. Since its establishment in 1999, Raytheon Australia has been a capability partner for Australia’s Defence, delivering whole-of-life solutions to the ADF.

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