Spanish engineering company Sener has secured a contract from RTX business Raytheon to support the production of the Guidance Enhanced Missile (GEM-T), a Patriot missile variant, in Europe.

This move aligns with the recent GEM-T contract awarded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) potentially involving up to 1,000 missiles for a coalition of European nations.

These nations include Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain.

Raytheon Global Patriot vice-president Pete Bata said: “Sener will play a critical role in supporting our expansion of GEM-T missile production capacity in Europe.

“Together with our broad – and growing – network of suppliers in the region, we are moving forward to increase this critical air defence missile inventory in support of NATO and our European Patriot allies.”

Sener will collaborate with engineering experts from Raytheon to jointly develop the critical GEM-T missile control section component.

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The production will take place at Sener’s facilities in Madrid, Spain.

Sener Defense general director Rafael Orbe said: “We are delighted to receive Raytheon’s trust in this important contract which consolidates Sener’s role as an international centre of excellence in the design and manufacturing of missile actuation and control systems.

“The Spanish defence industry has high technological capacities, and we are proud to put it at the service of Raytheon, our armed forces, and NATO allies.”

GEM-T, the Patriot Advanced Capability 2 (PAC-2) missile interceptor enhanced for defeating tactical ballistic missiles, is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles.

It has been developed to provide improved ability to defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or enemy aircraft.

The missile is a key element of the Patriot air and missile defence system, which is currently employed by 19 countries, including eight in Europe and Ukraine, to protect against various aerial threats.