Raytheon submits proposal for US Army’s LTAMDS radar competition

18 July 2019 (Last Updated January 21st, 2020 11:08)

Raytheon has submitted its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor proposal (LTAMDS) to the US Army after a recent demonstration of the offering.

Raytheon submits proposal for US Army’s LTAMDS radar competition
A soldier prepares a Patriot missile radar for movement to another field location under a Table VII assessment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, US. Credit: Gary Sheftick.

Raytheon has submitted its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor proposal (LTAMDS) to the US Army after a recent demonstration of the offering.

The submission of the LTAMDS solution is part of the army’s hunt for a new air and missile defence radar.

The solution is a simultaneous 360° active electronically scanned array radar that can expand battlespace coverage to offer protection from advanced air and missile threats.

Raytheon is incorporating Gallium Nitride technology in the LTAMDS solution to improve the radar signal and enhance its sensitivity.

According to the company, the radar is fully operable with the US Army’s existing architecture.

Raytheon integrated air and missile defence vice-president Tom Laliberty said: “Our proposal offers the army a brand-new radar that overmatches the future threat.

“We brought our LTAMDS solution to the US Army’s sensor demonstration and validated our ability to meet their 2022 urgent material release date.”

The firm demonstrated its solution during the army sense-off at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The army is looking for a radar solution to replace the one currently used by Patriot missile units.

During the course of an almost three-month-long exercise, the army tested three different prototypes of the LTAMDS.

The prototypes tracked simulated incoming missiles and live aircraft scenarios. The service aims to field the new radar to the first Patriot battalion by the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022.

Raytheon LTAMDS programme director Doug Burgess said: “We created a new radar because a redesigned, modified or upgraded radar simply can’t defeat the type of advanced threats the US Army will face.

“Our solution is proof that the army can have it all, a capable next-generation radar at an affordable price fielded as quickly as possible.”

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman also demonstrated their solutions at the army sense-off event.