Raytheon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) to join Team ARTEMIS Industry – a collaboration between government and industry formed to fast-track the launch of a small satellite constellation and enhance the UK's sovereign space capability.
"In large part because of US efforts to raise the profile of military space, allies are working hard to close the space gap," commented Royal Air Force Chief of Staff, Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle.
The MoD’s space plans include a commitment to launch a small satellite demonstrator within a year. Raytheon’s extensive experience in developing space systems will provide a boost for this effort.
"Raytheon provides advanced satellite-based mission planning and data processing capabilities to governments around the world […] The collaboration between Raytheon and the UK armed forces will deliver new capabilities that directly benefit this important alliance," observed Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services President, Dave Wajsgras.
Raytheon and the MoD have previously partnered on several defence projects, including tactical airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions used by the armed forces.
"Raytheon has worked with the UK for decades to develop exceptional defence, aerospace and cyber capabilities [….] Being part of Team ARTEMIS Industry will only further strengthen that relationship as we work and invest to jointly develop and support the UK's space systems,” stated Raytheon UK CEO, Richard Daniel.