The Industry Development unit (IDU) is Raytheon Australia’s implementation of the Commonwealth Government’s Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program. The primary role of the IDU is to increase the viability and capability of defence industry along with the diversity of the industry’s customer base by identifying potential opportunties for Australian firms. 

The aim of the Program is to improve the productivity and global competitiveness of Australian industry.  The underlying Agreement with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and Raytheon Australia also includes eight other Australian-based Defence primes.

The IDU mentors Australian industry regarding access to the Raytheon Supply Chain and the US defense market, and provides various types of support including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Review of technical capability, company maturity and preparedness to export.
  • Internal Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) training and compliance.
  • Quality Assurance and Supplier Assessment methodology.
  • Leadership training.
  • Review of company preparedness.

The IDU works with several agencies including the Defence Export Office, the Austalian Defence Force, various Federal and State-based government agencies and academia. The IDU coordinates trade missions, research and development efforts, assists with the formulating of messaging and marketing assistance and other preparations to improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of local firms to the US defence market. 

The IDU can facilitate support from, and engagement with, Raytheon US company staff to assist in building relationships across various disciplines e.g. engineering, supply chain etc.

Opportunities for Australian industry include the following:

  • Tier 1 or Tier 2 supplier to Raytheon US in support of US Department of Defense Programs.
  • Mentoring on doing business with Raytheon.
  • Bid opportunities to Raytheon’s foreign business units.
  • Promotion of products and technology to Raytheon’s foreign business units.


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