Raytheon has secured a contract worth over $384m from the US Army to provide the next-generation Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS).

The army has awarded an other transactional authority agreement to Raytheon to supply six ‘production representative units’ of the LTAMDS radar.

LTAMDS is an advanced air and missile defence radar that is intended to eventually replace the current radar of the US Army’s Patriot defence system.

The new radar will be a key feature of the army’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defense network.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president Ralph Acaba said: “Our clean-sheet approach to LTAMDS reinforces Raytheon’s position as the world’s premiere air and missile defence radar capability provider.

“Patriot is the world’s leading, combat-proven air and missile defence system, and 17 nations have procured 240 radars from Raytheon.

“With the US Army’s approval, these Patriot partners will have the opportunity to add Active Electronic Scanned Array, 360° capability to their inventory, extending the life of their systems for many decades.”

Earlier this year, the army conducted a ‘sense-off’ event at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for the LTAMDS.

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman showcased their solutions to the army during the event.

Raytheon’s LTAMDS radar features the company’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology that boosts signal and improves sensitivity.

The Active Electronically Scanned Array radar is designed to combat advanced threats and will provide the army with 360° coverage.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice-president Tom Laliberty said: “For decades, we have invested in radar technology to address our customer’s most pressing needs. As a result, we’ve developed the ability and capacity to provide the army an advanced capability on an accelerated timeline.

“Our in-house advanced manufacturing capability and strong supplier network will enable us to meet the army’s urgent material release requirement.”

The company was assisted by its suppliers including Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Cummings Aerospace, IERUS Technologies, Kord Technologies, Mercury Systems, and nLogic, in the development of the LTAMDS.

Raytheon stated that that the radar is expected to achieve initial operational capability with the army in 2022.