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MDA receives missile detecting radar

March 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM   |   Comments

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has received an eighth mobile, X-band phased array radar system to detect and track ballistic missile threats.

The AN/YPY-2 from Raytheon is for the MDA's support of U.S. combatant commands.

"Delivering the vital AN/TPY-2 helps meet the growing demand for radars that can help defend the U.S. and its allies from the more than 5,500 ballistic missiles MDA estimates are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, Russia or China," said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"The AN/TPY-2 has proven itself an indispensable component of our nation's ballistic missile defense and has performed flawlessly in every test to date against every category of ballistic missile and in raid scenarios."

The AN/TPY-2 is a high-resolution system capable of providing long-range acquisition, precision track and discrimination of all classes of ballistic missiles -- from short-Range missiles to intercontinental ballistic missiles. The United States has systems forward deployed in Israel, Turkey and Japan.

The newest system delivered will serve in terminal mode as the fire control radar for the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system, Raytheon said.

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