Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense tech giant, announced this week it is moving its headquarters office from Massachusetts to Arlington. The new headquarters is set to be located in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, near the current Raytheon Intelligence & Space office, according to the company.
The move will allow Raytheon to better support its U.S. government and commercial customers, many of whom are based in the D.C. area.
Arlington isn’t new to Raytheon. Each of the four business segments under Raytheon — Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense — have offices in the city and the company’s headquarters will be an expansion of one of those offices, according to Technical.ly. Raytheon plans to keep its 600 facilities across 44 states and territories open, meaning the headquarters moves won’t have too much of an impact on its existing offices.
Raytheon isn’t the only aerospace company to pack up and move its headquarters to the D.C. area. Just last month, Boeing moved from its previous headquarters in Chicago to Arlington. Boeing’s move also had to do with the strategic advantages of being located closer to the Pentagon, Boeing’s largest customer.
In other news from Raytheon, its Collins Aerospace company announced last week it will produce NASA’s next-generation spacesuit. The new suits will offer enhanced mobility, weigh less and accommodate a larger array of body types.
Raytheon is also currently hiring 310 positions across departments and offices.