The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken delivery of the ninth army navy / transportable radar surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) radar from Raytheon to defend the country against ballistic missiles.

The AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of the US ballistic missile defense system (BMDS). It 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) during the ascent phase of flight.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ global integrated sensors business area vice-president Dave Gulla said the delivery of ninth radar is crucial, as the US enemies continue to improve and proliferate their ballistic missile technology and tactics.

"The AN/TPY-2 consistently demonstrates its ability to pace the evolving threat, and test after test has proven it effectively defends against every category of ballistic missile," Gulla said.

"Test after test has proven it effectively defends against every category of ballistic missile."

When deployed in a forward-based mode, the mobile radar is capable of detecting a ballistic missile close to the country of origin, and provides data to the command and control battle management communications (C2BMC) element for destruction, if deemed hostile.

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.

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.

Raytheon is under contract to supply three additional AN/TPY-2 radars to the MDA, and is in the process of manufacturing two radars for a US ally in the Persian Gulf.

US public intelligence estimates indicate that there are more than 6,300 ballistic missiles not controlled by the US, Nato, China or Russia, and the number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2020.

Image: An army navy / transportable radar surveillance-2 system of the US military. Photo: US Army employee.

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