Raytheon Awarded $2.3 Billion U.S. Missile Defense Radar Contract

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, received a $2.3 billion U.S. Missile Defense Agency production contract for seven Gallium Nitride (GaN) based AN/TPY-2 radars as part of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. It is designed to protect against oncoming ballistic missile threats. The contract is part of a foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

These highly capable X-band radars are the sharpest eyes in the global missile defense system. The addition of GaN technology delivers capability for threats to be detected, tracked and discriminated with improved radar reliability.

The mobile AN/TPY-2 missile defense radar uses X-band to clearly see ballistic missile threats. The radar system operates in two modes: forward-based mode — which detects ballistic missiles and identifies any lethal objects as they rise after launch — and terminal mode as part of the THAAD system, which guides interceptors toward a descending missile's warhead.

Of the 14 AN/TPY-2 radars produced, seven are fielded as a part of U.S.-operated THAAD systems, five operate in forward-based mode for the U.S., and two are part of foreign military sales. 

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