One of the largest defense contractors in the United States, Raytheon company, recently reached a deal with missile/rocket manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. for the purchase of the latter’s propulsion systems. Arriving on the heels of Raytheon’s standard missile production contract with the Department of Defense, this deal aims to vastly improve the company’s supply chain efficiency in the fulfillment of its government services.

Spread across facilities in Orange County, Virginia, Camden, Arkansas, Huntsville, Alabama, and right here in Tucson, Arizona, the deal lays the groundwork for streamlined production of Raytheon’s Standard Missile Catalog—namely the SM-2/SM-6 missiles, as well as the SM-3 interceptor. In this fashion, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role will primarily be to supply these facilities with the solid rocket motors necessary for propulsion flight.

Similar to the vein in which Aerojet Rocketdyne will now serve, OTEK has been a long-time supplier of critical parts and components to Raytheon. While the instrumentation details of what OTEK supplies to Raytheon remain contractually silent, our award-winning technology has been continually faithful to the company in both its innovation and reliability, most recently supplying a bevy of digital meters for use in the anti-ship and other assorted close-range threat elimination program, known as the Phalanx weapon system.

The weapon system, deployed for both land and sea combat, carries out critical functions necessary to the safety of military personnel—such as search, detection, threat evaluation, tracking, engagement, and kill assessment. OTEK’s instruments are used in conjunction with other digital display features to enhance the individual tracking and recognition capabilities of each individual Phalanx.

While the product specifically designed for Raytheon remains classified, we do offer a commercially available unit of similar design in our UPM-L model. Standing 3” x 1.5”, the UPM-L is available in loop, signal, or external power, accommodating 4 relay options, isolated DAC and analog power outputs, as well as over 30 signal conditioners. Additional features of the UPM-L include 6 alphanumeric digits, a signal input fail alarm, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O with USB/RS485, intensity control via the serial port, 4-20mA/30V output, ethernet upon request, math functions, and power options of 5,7-32VDC & 90-265VAC. Like all our products, the UPM-L is backed by the OTEK lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to a wide variety of consumer applications.

For more information on the UPM-L or OTEK’s vast array of military-grade products (and the MIL-Standards we can meet) please call 520-748-7900 or email our sales office: sales@otekcorp.com

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