US Army conducts live fire test of upgrades to Raytheon’s Patriot system

7 March 2018 (Last Updated March 7th, 2018 11:33)

US Army soldiers have conducted a live fire test of the latest range of upgrades carried out on Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defence system.

US Army conducts live fire test of upgrades to Raytheon’s Patriot system
Raytheon’s Global Patriot air and missile defence system. Credit: PRNewsfoto / Raytheon Company.

US Army soldiers have conducted a live fire test of the latest range of upgrades carried out on Raytheon’s Patriot air and missile defence system.

The upgrades, collectively known as Post Deployment Build 8 (PDB-8), have been used to fire two Patriot interceptor missiles against two targets.

The company’s Global Patriot Solutions receives investment from the 14 partner nations that make the technology upgrades possible.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Business Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice-president Tom Laliberty said: “The success of this test is proof that investment by the 14-nation Global Patriot partnership are paying off.

“In November 2015, the US Army and Raytheon successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests of the Patriot air and missile defence system.”

“Through sustained investment, we will continually modernise and enhance Global Patriot to keep it ahead of the constantly evolving threat.”

Global Patriot Solutions help provide protection against an entire range of advanced threats, such as aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The solution is an advanced, tactical air and missile defence system used worldwide.

Raytheon’s PDB-8 provides the missile defence system with an improved capability against a wide range of threats, an enhanced identification friend-or-foe capability and an upgraded radar search capability, in addition to an improved target detection and identification.

It features a redesigned Fire Solution computer that allows the Patriot system to take advantage of the PAC-3 MSE missile capabilities. An Enhanced Weapons Control computer provides it with up to 50% additional processing power for software upgrades to help address rising threats.

In November 2015, the US Army and Raytheon successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests of the Patriot air and missile defence system.