TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Army contracts worth $71.7 million have been awarded to Raytheon for modernization of Patriot missile systems, the company said.
The work will involved enhanced radar and system interfaces, Raytheon said.
Upgrades include a modernized radar digital processor (RDP), which will increase the reliability of the anti-missile missile system by 40 percent, and a "modern man station" (MMS) that increases the safety of soldiers operating the system and provides greater situational awareness, the company said.
"These major enhancements to the radar digital processor pave the way for improved target detection and identification, multifunction surveillance and the full support of advanced PAC-3 missile enhancements through software upgrades," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated air and missile defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.
"The new Modern Man Station with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys will give soldiers the ability to more quickly identify threats, assess the situation and make decisions."