Raytheon lands RAF support contract

Raytheon UK has been awarded a £250 million ($445 million) contract to support the Royal Air Force’s Shadow R1 surveillance fleet for the next 11 years.

The support contract will see Raytheon provide maintenance, airworthiness, design and supplier management services, as well as modification and integration work that can give the Shadow fleet the capability to be upgraded in the future.


Shadow is a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that operates across the globe, and has been used regularly above battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This £250 million investment will ensure the UK retains its position as a global leader in battlefield intelligence gathering for UK troops and our NATO allies. It is also great news for the economy through the safeguarding of 450 skilled jobs across the country, including 200 in North Wales, confirming the region as a UK centre of excellence for air support," said UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew.

The UK is bringing a total of eight Shadow aircraft into service under commitments introduced in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

"Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) is proud to continue to work with our partners across industry to deliver world-class support to the RAF’s Shadow fleet. The continuing investment in support safeguards jobs and expertise which will provide safe and available aircraft in support of UK troops," said DE&S chief executive Sir Simon Bollom.

Raytheon lands RAF support contract
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Mar 22 2019
Private Equity backs Australian defence SME sector
Sydney-based CHAMP Private Equity is poised to make a rare investment in Australia’s growing defen...
Dr. Malcolm Davis, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Mar 21 2019
PODCAST: The challenges and opportunities facing the Australian defence sector, Dr Malcolm Davis, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
In this special episode of the Defence Connect Podcast recorded live on-site at the Avalon Internati...
Mar 22 2019
MOU forges closer ties between Naval Shipbuilding College and RAN
The Naval Shipbuilding College will work in close partnership with the Royal Australian Navy to ide...
Recommended by Spike Native Network