Defence contractor lands slice of £1bn training deal

Lincolnshire-based defence contractor Raytheon UK, as part of a consortium put together by outsourving giant Capita, has won a £1bn contract to deliver training services for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine.

The training will transform the Royal Navy’s shore-based training across 16 sites in the UK and will be delivered by a consortium which includes Raytheon UK Capita, Elbit Systems UK, Fujitsu and several smaller British suppliers.

Jeff Lewis, CEO of Raytheon UK, which is based at Waddington, said: “We are thrilled with today’s award announcement, which will see this partnership transform the Royal Navy’s training and learning solutions over the next 12 years. We will help the Royal Navy drive transformation and equip them with the latest training technologies to tackle the challenges of the future. Our decades of experience in training and focus on technology-enabled transformation will place the Royal Navy at the forefront of a newly modernised armed forces.

“We are committed to investing in Britain, helping to keep the country secure and creating highly skilled jobs across the country. We welcome this opportunity to support the UK Government in equipping Britain’s Armed Forces with our best-in-class training solutions.”

James Gray, managing director cyber, training and space, Raytheon UK said: “We are really excited to be able to work with the Royal Navy over the next 10 years to bring new technologies and advanced learning solutions to help transform their training.”

Rear Admiral Phil Hally MBE, the Royal Navy’s director of people and training said: “The award of this 12-year contract marks a major milestone for Navy Transformation. It will see the modernisation of the RN training system at scale to deliver the operational capabilities of the future, unlock more opportunities for our people, and get better trained people to the frontline, quicker.”