A Prestigious History

The tradition of innovating navigation systems makes Raytheon Anschütz a truly maritime company with unique knowledge and experience in many generations of navigation technology.

It all started with the gyro compass. Around the turn of the 20th century a classic problem of high-seas navigation was reliable course-keeping, especially near the poles. The young Dr. Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe was obsessed with finding a suitable course-keeping instrument and concentrated on locating the geographical north direction with the help of a gyro. In 1904 he invented the gyro compass.

As a result the company Anschütz & Co. GmbH was founded in 1905. The company started the design and production of gyro compasses and in 1908 presented the first gyro compass that could be used on board of a ship. Further innovations followed the gyro compass, for example the world’s first chart plotter, a great grandfather of the present generation of electronic sea chart systems. And another innovation of Anschütz has made a deep impact on navigating: the first autopilot for ships, the so-called "iron helmsman".

In 1995 Anschütz was acquired by the Raytheon Company (USA). Anschütz & Co. was renamed to Raytheon Anschütz GmbH and the traditional product range was extended to radars, electronic sea charts and radio stations. To the present day, Raytheon Anschütz has been a driver for navigation system innovations.

Raytheon Anschütz - Today

Raytheon Anschütz is one of the world’s leading suppliers of navigation systems and integrated solutions. Apart from a significant list of references in the mega yacht segment, more than 1,500 commercial shipping companies and more than 50 navies all over the world rely every day on navigation systems made by Raytheon Anschütz.

We are a long-term partner for our customers. This means providing proven technology with customized solutions for current demands as well as advancing innovative technology to fulfill our customer’s future demands. For the most important navigation components, from sensors through stand-alone workstations up to fully integrated navigation systems, we have concentrated the important processes of research and development, project and program management, production, quality management, and service coordination at our headquarters in Kiel, Germany. After delivery we accompany our customers through the full lifetime of equipment by offering a wide variety of after sales services to smoothly support customers during operation.

Our customers rely on the high levels of quality and performance of our navigation systems, on our flexibility with regard to individual adaptations, and on our professional and firm order processing. To ensure the standards we are accustomed to delivering, all important processes are monitored within our integrated management system, which complies with international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.