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The Friends of HMS Vengeance intend to promote future generations interest in our joint heritage by providing an Business partnership which will provide a foundation both for business and heritage preservation. 

Raytheon Company
141 Spring Street
Lexington, MA 02421

Raytheon Systems Limited
80 Park Lane
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7569 5500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7569 5591

HMS Vengeance and Raytheon Business Partnership 

The Friends of HMS Vengeance to date is all about partnerships and a major player in the world's industries, Raytheon is being invited to discuss in joining us in saving the VENGEANCE and hopefully assisting in the Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum venture. 

Laurence K. Marshall and Vannevar Bush, along with scientist Charles G. Smith, founded Raytheon Company in Cambridge, Mass., as the American Appliance Company in 1922. Raytheon with its  headquarters at 141 Spring Street, Lexington, Massachusetts is today focused on defense, government and commercial electronics and business aviation and special mission aircraft. Electronic Systems, Raytheon's largest business, is a world leader in the development and deployment of key defense programmes. Raytheon Aircraft Company is a world leader in business and special mission aviation. From its early days as a maker of radio tubes, its adaptation of World War II radar technology to invent microwave cooking, and its development of the first guided missile,  Raytheon has successfully built upon its pioneering tradition to become a global technology leader. 

In 1942, Raytheon's Fritz Gross develops the micro-wave Sea Going (SG) radar. As the world's first sub-marine detection system, this shipboard radar was unique in that it was invisible to the German U-boats roaming the Atlantic. When Britain faces an urgent need to mass-produce magnetron tubes for their radar defense against Nazi Luftwaffe raids, they turned to American companies for solutions. Raytheon's Percy Spencer invented a radically innovative manufacturing process that would not only simplify production, it would also improve the radar's performance. By the end of the war, they Raytheon was producing 80 percent of all magnetrons.

The most ambitious programme, and cornerstone of the Royal Navy's power projection force in  the future, is the future aircraft carrier, Carrier Vertical & Fixed-Wing (CVF) project. At 40-50,000 tonnes, the two new carriers will be twice the size of the existing Invincible-class carriers, and twice the size of the former HMS Vengeance. A team led by Thales with Raytheon, BMT and Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems has been awarded contracts by the MoD defence procurement executive to study the three alternative configurations - CTOL, STOVL and STOBAR - and key ship technologies. The prime contractor selection will be made in 2004 with an in-service date of 2012. The second ship should enter service in 2015.

The Friends of HMS Vengeance wish to strengthen the link with the CVF project and provide opportunities for the Aerospace and Naval shipbuilding industries to promote their developments on this historic aircraft carrier. 

UK Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

Benefits to Companies 

  • To present a showcase centre, through trade shows and exhibitions, for marketing British naval aviation and maritime industries, awareness of the latest products and developments and practical training of the key skills requirements. 
  • Opportunities for high profile media attention.
  • Specialist facilities dedicated to trade, exhibition, conference, heritage or storage facilities, and spacious covered accommodation and extensive open area deck space for high profile media events.
  • To raise the profile of the heritage and community relations of business in order to enrich heritage and business learning. 
  • To contribute to the raising of achievement by employees through work related learning on the Vengeance. 

  • To help promote practical experience of obtaining both academic and vocational qualifications, as well as key and life skills relevant to working with business.

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