Raytheon Missiles & Defense

  (Redirected from Raytheon Missile Systems)

Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) is one of four business segments of Raytheon Technologies. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, its president is Wes Kremer.[1] The business produces a broad portfolio of advanced technologies, including air and missile defense systems, precision weapons, radars, and command and control systems.[2]

Raytheon Missiles & Defense
IndustryAerospace and defense
PredecessorHughes Missile Systems Co.
Key people
Wes Kremer, President
Number of employees
30,000 (2020)
ParentRaytheon Technologies


The business is a combination of two Raytheon Company legacy businesses, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), which operated a plant formerly owned by the Hughes Aircraft Company[3][circular reference]. David Leighton, a noted historian, documented the early history of the Hughes Missile Plant in two books. His monograph: The Falcon's Nest: The Hughes Missile Plant in Tucson, 1947-1960, which included the early history of Hughes Aircraft Co. and, his reference book: The History of the Hughes Missile Plant in Tucson, 1947–1960.[4][5]

Key Raytheon Missiles & Defense capabilities combine key IDS and RMS capabilities.

Key IDS capabilities include:

  • Ground-based and sea-based radars for air and missile defense
  • Navy radar and sonar
  • Torpedoes and naval mine countermeasures

Key RMS capabilities include:

  • Missiles and precision guided munitions
  • Drones and air-launched decoys
  • Counter-drone and non-lethal directed energy weapons
  • Ground vehicle sensors and weapons


The division's products include:


Raytheon came under scrutiny for selling arms to Saudi Arabia that were supposedly used to kill civilians in Yemen as part of its ongoing conflict, on an episode of the FXNOW investigative journalism show, "The Weekly".[7]


  1. ^ Raytheon Missiles & Defense. "Raytheon Missiles & Defense Website".
  2. ^ Raytheon Technologies Business Overview. "Raytheon Technologies Business Overview".
  3. ^ "Hughes Aircraft Company Wiki Page".
  4. ^ David Leighton, The Falcon's Nest: The Hughes Missile Plant in Tucson, 1947-1960,Tucson Corral of the Westerners, 2017
  5. ^ David Leighton, The History of the Hughes Missile Plant in Tucson, 1947–1960. Private Publication, 2015
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "The Weekly | How the Promise of American Jobs Became Entangled in a Faraway War". The New York Times. 2020-03-20. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-24.

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