Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business segment of Raytheon Technologies, is set to deliver the latest version of the Patriot air and missile defence system to Romania.

The announcement came after the company secured necessary approval following a critical design review (CDR) of the new upgrades by the US Army.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense Romania Patriot programme senior programme manager Patrick Griffin said: “The success of this review fast-tracks our ongoing work in providing the latest versions of our combat-proven fire units.

“It’s a major milestone in making the entire defence solution even more capable worldwide.”

The review involved a demonstration of enhancements to the radar, the engagement control station and other aspects of the command-and-control technology.

Griffin added: “Essentially, what we showed in the CDR was a soup to nuts survey of the readiness and maturity of the design to move forward.”

Patriot system comprises radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors working together to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

The company will now work to advance the unit’s documentation to detail the assembly process and procure necessary materials from the supply chain.

The improved features are also being tested before their integration with the system. Once the testing process is complete, Raytheon will advance to manufacturing and assembling the new versions.

The new missile defence systems are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2022.

Notably, Romania, a Nato member, will be the first country to field the newest version. The European nation received the first Patriot fire unit in September last year.