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Raytheon Contracted for Missile Defense Upgrade

Jan. 18, 2017
One of the member countries of the Patriot missile defense system has contracted Raytheon Company for a major upgrade to the system software and hardware.

Raytheon Company has been tasked with performing a major upgrade on the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System by an undisclosed member of the 13 nations which own and operate it. The direct commercial sales contract, which is worth more than $600 million USD, will enhance Patriot system performance with integration of the latest technologies.

The Patriot missile defense system provides protection against a wide range of missiles and UAV threats.

Five NATO countries are among the 13 served by the missile defense system (see photo). The upgrade includes integration of the latest software and computer processing technology, as well as the latest RF/microwave device technology—including gallium-nitride (GaN) solid-state signal amplification. The system provides protection against existing and emerging threats, including aircraft, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“Patriot saves lives,” says Ralph Acaba, Raytheon’s vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. “Our customer faces a very real, evolving threat. By upgrading Patriot, they will continue to protect their civilians, military, and critical infrastructure.” Since December 2014, the 13 nations sharing the Patriot defense system have invested more than $7.8 billion in procuring and upgrading the missile defense system.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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