25 Oct 2019

US Army selects Raytheon for lower tier air and missile defense sensor

Raytheon has been selected to provide the US Army with their next generation, 360-degree capable radar – the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS).

Raytheon will receive more than $384 million to deliver six production representative units of the advanced LTAMDS radar under an Other Transactional Authority US Army agreement.

LTAMDS is a new radar that will ultimately replace the current US Army’s Patriot radars. It will operate on the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense network.

“Our clean-sheet approach to LTAMDS reinforces Raytheon’s position as the world’s premier air and missile defense radar capability provider,” said Ralph Acaba, President of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

“Patriot is the world’s leading, combat-proven air and missile defense system, and 17 nations have procured 240 radars from Raytheon. With the U.S. Army’s approval, these Patriot partners will have the opportunity to add Active Electronic Scanned Array, 360-degree capability to their inventory, extending the life of their systems for many decades.”

Raytheon’s LTAMDS solution is a 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar powered by Gallium Nitride, a substance that strengthens the radar signal and enhances its sensitivity.

Over the past two decades, Raytheon has invested significantly in AESA GaN technology and advanced manufacturing capability.

Tom Laliberty, Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, 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.”

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