Known as a supplier of sensor and control systems, Raytheon sees the expanding unmanned aircraft market as an opportunity to graduate to the coveted prime contractor role. But it is the company’s long heritage in the missile business, rather than its past involvement in aircraft manufacturing, that is providing the springboard. “When you start to get into large wingspans, you are in the aircraft business. But when you get smaller it’s not an aircraft business, it’s a missile business,” ...

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