Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defence System

Raytheon has been awarded a foreign military sales (FMS) contract by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command for the delivery of additional fire units for the Patriot Air and Missile Defence System to Taiwan.

Under the $685.7m contract, the company will deliver new Patriot fire units that feature advanced technology, an improved man-machine interface and reduced life cycle costs.

The Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather defence system designed to provide protection against advanced threats including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The missile is equipped with a track-via-missile (TVM) guidance system that will help transmit target data via the ground radar to the engagement control station for final course correction calculations.

The target engagement can be carried out in manual, semi-automatic or automatic mode. After launch, the missile is acquired by the AN/MPQ-53 phased array radar mounted on a trailer.

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The radar carries out search, target detection, track and identification, missile tracking and guidance and electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) functions, has the capacity to track up to 100 targets, and can also providing missile guidance data for up to nine missiles.

The Patriot is widely used by the US, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

The company was awarded contracts in 2008 and 2009 for the upgrade of existing missile systems and the delivery of new fire units respectively, and has recently completed delivery of the first upgraded configuration-3 radar system to Taiwan.

Work will be carried out at the company’s Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Massachusetts as well as in El Paso, Texas, Huntsville, Alabama, and Alaska, US.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot air and missile defence systems and system integrator for Patriot advanced capability-3 missiles.

Image Caption: Raytheon will deliver additional Patriot Air and Missile Defense System fire units for Taiwan.