The Challenge aims
to introduce young people aged 16-18 years to engineering and how
it plays a role in aerospace design and production.
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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.
141 Spring Street
Lexington, MA 02421
Raytheon Systems Limited
80 Park Lane
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
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
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
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