Jenoptik‘s subsidiary Lechmotoren has received a contract from Raytheon to manufacture advanced power generators for the Patriot air and missile defence system.

Under the contract, the company will build power plants, power generators, test equipment and spares for one of Patriot’s global partners.

In addition, Raytheon and Jenoptik are discussing opportunities to supply power generation equipment for two additional Patriot partner nations, including one from Nato.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business Integrated Air and Missile Defence vice-president Ralph Acaba said: "This effort underscores our ongoing commitment to deepen existing, and develop new, partnerships with German industry.

"The 13-nation global Patriot network offers Jenoptik and other industry partners access to an export market of established users worldwide – an opportunity unique to the Patriot system."

Jenoptik president and chief executive officer Michael Mertin said: "We are convinced that we can continue to contribute to the Patriot success story with our innovative products.

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"Jenoptik is currently developing a new hybrid power supply for the Patriot system, after proving the functionality of the power supply’s prototype in March 2015."

"This effort underscores our ongoing commitment to deepen existing, and develop new, partnerships with German industry."

Manufactured by Raytheon, 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 in the battlefield.

The system is currently in service with Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, as well as the UAE and the US.

In addition to the Patriot system, Raytheon is also working with Germany in preparation for the country’s tactical air defence system (TLVS) 2020 programme.

The company’s offer for the TLVS programme includes the implementation with German industry of a next generation Patriot solution integrating a new common command and control system that offers open architecture and flexible role based capability, and a 360° multi-function radar to provide enhanced performance, operational readiness and low maintenance cost.

The solution will also include a robust missile mix including Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement and IRIS-T SL missile.

Image: US service members stand by a Patriot missile battery in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo: courtesy of DoD, photo by Glenn Fawcett.