Raytheon UK is sponsoring the 2018 RAF Engineering Challenge and the RAF100 Baton Relay to mark the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) centennial.

The company will serve as the primary sponsor of the Engineering Challenge and as the technical sponsor of the RAF100 Baton Relay in order to help the airforce in defence of the nation and its allies.

Raytheon UK chief executive and managing director Richard Daniel said: “Many of Raytheon’s 1,600 employees in the UK work right alongside the RAF every day to support and maintain their aircraft and weapons.

“Sponsoring these two important events is just part of Raytheon’s overall support of the RAF on its 100th birthday.”

The 2018 RAF Engineering Challenge has been designed for young people to present new and effective ideas that would help benefit the airforce over the next 100 years. This challenge encourages the young generation to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Sponsoring these two important events is just part of Raytheon’s overall support of the RAF on its 100th birthday.”

Raytheon UK has also made a financial contribution to the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture (JV) between the airforce and four major RAF charities.

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The Baton Relay will commemorate the 100th RAF anniversary by transporting the baton to 100 locations with current or historical connections with the airforce, both in the UK and worldwide.

Raytheon supports the RAF Sentinel aircraft at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, and carries out systems integration work for the Airborne Stand-Off Reconnaissance (ASTOR) programme at Broughton, North Wales.

The company also supports the RAF with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft such as Shadow, and weapon systems carried by the RAF’s Tornado, Typhoon, and F-35 aircraft.