Raytheon has handed over a crucial cooling equipment unit (CEU) of the US forces' Transportable Radar Surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) radar to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), more than 14 months ahead of the original schedule.
The CEU delivery will provide the agency with a deployment-ready AN/TPY-2 radar system to help counter more than 6,300 ballistic missiles outside of US, Nato, Russian and Chinese control.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business Global Integrated Sensors vice-president David Gulla said the AN/TPY-2 radar serves as a critical element in the protection against the growing ballistic missile threat.
"Giving MDA the flexibility to quickly deploy an additional, operationally-effective AN/TPY-2 is an important step towards meeting the growing demand for this vital radar," 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).
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 Defense (THAAD) system, enabling its missile to intercept and destroy incoming threats.
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.
Meanwhile, Raytheon also received a MDA contract for AN/TPY-2 logistics support, which will allow shifting of assets, if required, to address growing requirements for the radar from troops and combatant command for the radar.
Image: Raytheon-built Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) radar. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.