Raytheon to support US and foreign Patriot missile systems
Raytheon has received a contract to supply engineering services and capability enhancements for Patriot air and missile defence systems used by the US and its foreign military sales (FMS) customers.
Awarded by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the $115.9m contract covers delivery of systems analysis, software development, testing and logistics support, as well as other nation-specific system requirements.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business integrated air and missile defence vice-president Sanjay Kapoor said: "The US Army's continued commitment to Patriot sustainment through engineering services ensures that the Patriot systems are at the highest level of readiness whenever and wherever they are called to serve."
Jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, MIM-104 Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system designed to protect soldiers against advanced threats such as aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the battlefield.
Extensively operated by the US forces during Kuwait war and the most recent Iraq conflict, the missile is also in service with Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Korea, Taiwan and the UAE.
Raytheon IDS serves as the prime contractor for Patriot air and missile defence systems and is also the system integrator for Patriot advanced capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles, an upgraded version of the original missile.
Contract work is scheduled to be carried out at the company's Integrated Air Defense Center in Massachusetts, IDS Headquarters in Tewksbury, the Warfighter Protection Center in Alabama, as well as the Mission Capability Verification Center located at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US.
Image: A Patriot missile being launched. Photo: file image.