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Raytheon Company has collaborated with the US-based Ontario International Airport Authority to start construction of a hangar to accommodate its flying multi-programme testbed aircraft.

The RMT is a modified 727 airliner and performs airborne test and assessment on various types of technologies, including radars, electro-optical/infrared sensors, avionics and other systems.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems president Rick Yuse said: “Tomorrow’s sensor systems are already in the sky today because of the real-world, in flight testing occurring on Raytheon’s multi-programme testbed.

‘The ground-breaking is an important step toward housing this technological asset in Ontario, California.”

Construction of the new hangar is scheduled to be completed this year.

“The ground-breaking is an important step toward housing this technological asset in Ontario, California.”

This facility will employ 25 full-time staff and up to 50 personnel for project-related work. Economic impact associated with the project will range between $10m and $15m per annum.

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Welcoming the newest addition to the airport, Ontario International Airport Authority president Alan Wapner said: “Raytheon’s move to ONT is consistent with the Commission’s vision for the airport to be a magnet for economic development in the region – one that is low-cost, business-friendly and customer-focused, not to mention innovative and collaborative in its approach with airport tenants and vendors.”

Located in the Inland Empire, Ontario International is a full-service airport with a non-stop commercial jet service to 19 major airports in the US and Mexico, as well as connection services to both domestic and international destinations.

The airport manages an average of 66 daily departures offered by eight air carriers.