US Army contracts Raytheon for Patriot radar upgrades

10 November 2015 (Last Updated November 10th, 2015 18:30)

The US Army has contracted Raytheon to boost their Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System's performance for enhanced detection and destruction capabilities.

Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System

The US Army has contracted Raytheon to boost their Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System's performance for enhanced detection and destruction capabilities.

Under an $86.2m contract, the company will provide radar digital processor (RDP) upgrade kits for the Patriot system.

The contract is expected to allow the army to finish upgrading their entire inventory of Patriot systems.

Batteries upgraded with RDP kits will help detect and identify targets with enhanced surveillance.

Upgraded batteries will also reduce maintenance and operation costs, and have a 40% higher reliability rate than systems with the legacy component.

Raytheon vice-president Ralph Acaba said: "When one country develops an upgrade or improvement to Patriot, that capability is made available to the entire 13-nation partnership.

"Countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

"With more than 220 Patriot fire units owned by 13 countries, countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

Countries using the system include Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

Raytheon has also been contracted to provide aircraft communications systems, support and training to foreign nations.

The agreement includes ARC-231 and ARC-164 radio systems used on rotary wing platforms, such as UH-60M Blackhawks, and the APX-119 transponder.


Image: Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon Company.