AN/TPY-2 radar

Raytheon has moved closer to delivery of the ninth army navy / transportable radar surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) ballistic missile defence radar to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) by completion production of its antenna equipment unit (AEU).

The completion of production of AEU, which represents one of the four major components that comprise the AN/TPY-2, ensures the delivery of the radar system to MDA in early 2014.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business global integrated sensors vice-president David Gulla said the company remains committed to maintaining its track record of on cost and on schedule AN/TPY-2 deliveries due to the high demand from global military forces.

"The AN/TPY-2 has a record of flawless test performance and demonstrated capability against many classes of ballistic missiles, so it’s important we get the system to those who need it," Gulla said.

An integral element of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), 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).

"The radar functions as the search, detect, track, discrimination and fire-control radar for the terminal high-altitude area defence system."

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 terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD) system, enabling its missile to intercept and destroy incoming threats.

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When deployed in a forward-based mode, the radar cues BMDS through detection, discrimination and tracking of a ballistic missile close to the country of origin in ascent phase of flight, and provides data to the command and control battle management communications element for destruction, if deemed hostile.

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 has delivered the eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to MDA in March 2013.

Image: A US military’s AN/TPY-2 radar system stationed in Japan. Photo: courtesy of US Army.

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