Raytheon has been awarded a contract to start production of an additional army navy/transportable radar surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) ballistic missile defence radar.
Awarded by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the $172.7m contract covers production and delivery of the 12th AN/TPY-2 radar, along with associated spare parts to help the US address the growing demand for systems that can help protect against the increasing danger posed by ballistic missiles.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' global integrated sensors vice-president, Dave Gulla, said the start of production of a 12th AN/TPY-2 radar is significant as the X-band sensor serves as the backbone of US missile defence worldwide.
"The US, our warfighters, allies and security partners can count on the AN/TPY-2 because it has performed flawlessly in every test to date against all categories of ballistic missiles," Gulla said.
An integral element of the US ballistic missile defense system (BMDS), the AN/TPY-2 is a high-resolution, X-band phased array radar, designed for long-range acquisition, precision tracking and discrimination of all ballistic missiles, from short-range to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Capable of deploying globally in either terminal or forward-based mode, the radar functions as the search, detect, track, discrimination and fire-control radar for the US Army's terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD) system, enabling its missile to intercept and destroy incoming threats.
A total of eight AN/TPY-2 radars have been delivered to date by Raytheon to MDA.
The forward-based AN/TPY-2 radars are currently defending the US deployed troops and allies against ballistic missile attacks in Japan, Israel and Turkey.
Manufacturing work under the contract will be carried out at the company's facility in Woburn, Massachusetts, US, for scheduled completion by March 2016.
Image: the AN/TPY-2 radar is claimed to provide protection against more than 6,300 ballistic missiles. Photo: courtesy of US Army.