U.S. Army selects Raytheon to develop advanced radar

U.S. Army selects Raytheon to develop advanced radar
Developed to defeat advanced threats, Raytheon’s LTAMDS is slated to reach initial operational capability with the U.S. Army in 2022 (Chris Navin, Advanced Media)

Raytheon Company has been selected to provide the U.S. 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 U.S. Army agreement.

LTAMDS is a new radar that will ultimately replace the current U.S. Army's Patriot radars. It will operate on the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense network. LTAMDS is scheduled to reach initial operational capability with the U.S. Army in 2022.

"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, in a statement. "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."

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Raytheon's LTAMDS solution is a 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar powered by Raytheon-manufactured 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.

"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," said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Our in-house advanced manufacturing capability and strong supplier network will enable us to meet the Army's urgent material release requirement."

Suppliers who helped develop Raytheon's the LTAMDS solution include Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Cummings Aerospace, iERUS Technologies, Kord Technologies, Mercury Systems and nLogic.

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