Raytheon upgrading ballistic missile defense radar

Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Raytheon is upgrading its AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to better protect against missile raids -- large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons.

The improvements are focused on the radar's signal and data processing equipment to enable the system to more rapidly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats, the company said.

"Raytheon is building on the AN/TPY-2's record of outstanding performance by improving the system because rogue states are constructing more ballistic missiles that have longer ranges and are increasingly more sophisticated," said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "The security of the U.S., our warfighters and our allies depends on having reliable, capable systems like the AN/TPY-2 to help counter the growing ballistic missile threat."

The AN/TPY-2 is a high-resolution, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long-range acquisition, precision track and discrimination of short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

Raytheon said the enhanced product will replace older signal and data processing equipment used by the U.S. military in missile defense systems as well as for a current foreign military sales customer in the Middle East.

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