The Global Patriot Solutions system developed and supported by Raytheon Co., also known simply as the Patriot missile, is recognized by many as the most advanced tactical air and missile defense system in the world. It provides protection for a number of nations against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
As part of a $235 million modernization task order from the U.S. Army, Raytheon will be enhancing the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. In addition, those companies that look to Raytheon and the Patriot system for its defense, U.S. Patriot Partners, are expected to invest as much as $2.3 billion over the next five years in the system.
These initial Patriot system upgrades announced by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will be funded by the 14 nations that rely on the Patriot system for integrated air and missile defense. This first series of Patriot upgrades will be the first of five annual indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) task order awards, with a total contract ceiling worth more than $2.3 billion.
“The 14 Patriot partner nations share the cost of further improving the system through upgrades,” said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “As a result, all partner nations will be able to continue outpacing and defeating even the most advanced threats.” Some of the work that Raytheon is expected to perform on the patriot system includes improved electronic-countermeasures (ECM) capabilities, reduced life-cycle costs through modernized hardware and improved reliability, and better training aids through the use of high-fidelity virtual simulators.
The 14 Patriot partner nations include the U.S., Greece, Spain, Israel, Germany, and Japan.