Raytheon Company is an American defense and electronics company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company merged in 1997 with Hughes Aircraft, which was named after its founder Howard Hughes.



Laurence K. Marshall and Vannevar Bush, two former roommates at college, founded in 1922 together with the scientist Charles G. Smith today Raytheon Company as the American Appliance Company in Cambridge, MA.

First commercial successes

The first commercial success was a gas-filled rectifier, which made ​​it possible radio devices with AC power from the wall outlet to operate, instead of the time expensive and heavy batteries. It was sold under the brand name Raytheon, composed of "ray " (English for "Ray ") and " theon " (Greek for " the gods " or "divine" ). As a result of a naming dispute, the name of the whole company was changed in 1925 to Raytheon.

Today's business

Today the Group provides to its various divisions and subsidiaries a broad assortment of products, especially military equipment with complex control, such as the Patriot air defense system and other missiles such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder, torpedoes and cruise missiles. Also produces Raytheon radar systems for almost every combat aircraft in the U.S. Air Force, including the advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array.

Raytheon is known as the company that invented the microwave oven, but is also a pioneer in the development of microwave weapons and provides with the Active Denial System already functioning systems for the military.

After purchasing the robotics specialist Raytheon Sarcos by one began with the development of an exoskeleton, like for example the Iron Man armor from the same films with Robert Downey Jr. The development is now so far advanced in this area that there is at least production-ready prototypes are. The project name is " Sarcos XOS 2 ". The current developments of the project can be traced, among other things on the homepage of Raytheon.

In the European market Raytheon is especially known as a globally operating service provider who provides advice and support international companies in the so-called training outsourcing. The range of services includes the analysis of appropriate measures, the design of alternative solutions, the design, the implementation and the management of training media and activities ( blended learning, IBT, WBT, VCT) to evaluation of the methods used on behalf of customers.


  • Integrated Defense Systems
  • News service systems
  • Raytheon Communications Engineering
  • Missile systems
  • Systems for network centers
  • Airspace surveillance and homeland defense
  • ELCAN Optical Technologies
  • Raytheon experimental laboratories
  • Engineering and Production Support
  • Space and Airborne Systems


  • Raytheon Aircraft Company (including Beech Aircraft )
  • Raytheon Company Resale
  • Raytheon Aircraft Charter and Management Company
  • Raytheon Aircraft Services Inc.
  • Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC
  • Raytheon Polar Services Company
  • Raytheon Anschütz GmbH
  • Photon Research Associates, Inc.
  • Raytheon Professional Services LLC
  • Raytheon Professional Services GmbH


  • Raytheon Hawker 800
  • Raytheon T-1
  • Active Denial System