The U.S. is taking another positive step toward meeting the growing demand for systems that can help protect against the increasing danger posed by ballistic missiles. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has started building the 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar for the Missile Defense Agency after being awarded a $172.7 million contract, which was previously announced by the Department of Defense on Dec. 17, 2013 .
An integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band radar that helps defend against the more than 6,300 ballistic missiles that, according to MDA estimates, are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia .
"Beginning production of a 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar is so important because this X-band sensor is the backbone of U.S. missile defense around the globe," said Dave Gulla , vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "The U.S., our warfighters, allies and security partners can count on the AN/TPY-2 because it has performed flawlessly in every test to date against all categories of ballistic missiles."
AN/TPY-2 is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long-
range acquisition, precision track, and discrimination of short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The AN/TPY-2 may be deployed globally in either terminal or forward-based mode. In terminal mode, the AN/TPY-2 serves as the search, detect, track, discrimination and fire-control radar for the THAAD weapon system, enabling the THAAD missile to intercept and destroy threats. In forward-based mode, the AN/TPY-2 cues the BMDS by detecting, discriminating and tracking enemy ballistic missiles in the ascent phase of flight.
On Oct. 25, 2012 , two AN/TPY-2 radars – one terminal and one forward-based – participated in FTI-01, the MDA's largest and most complex exercise. In a complex raid scenario involving multiple targets, both radars met or exceeded all test objectives.
On April 15, 2011 , a forward-based AN/TPY-2 extended the battlespace by enabling a Standard Missile-3 to launch on remote and intercept a separating Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.
Raytheon has delivered eight AN/TPY-2s to the Missile Defense Agency. Some of those radars are currently helping defend the U.S. and its allies in the European, Pacific and Central Command area of responsibilities.
Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Dec 18, 2013