The US Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon a $350 million contract to engineer, construct, integrate and test a forward deployable Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) radar.
According to Raytheon, the BMDS radar will be a transportable, X-band, phased array radar with sufficient sensitivity to detect, track and discriminate between battlefield missile threats.
‘Raytheon is uniquely capable of providing existing X-band phased array technology based on Raytheon’s Family of Radars design,’ said Ed Franklin, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. ‘The BMDS radar is just one element of a missile defence system that will soon provide our nation, friends and allies with a defence against the threat of ballistic missile attack.’
Raytheon will utilise existing technology from its open architecture based family of radars, which includes the Theater High Altitude Area Defense radar, the Ground Based Radar-Prototype, the Sea Based X-band radar, the SPY3 radar, and the sea based High Power Discrimination radar.
Work on the new forward deployable radar will be performed at Raytheon facilities in Andover, Bedford, Sudbury and Tewksbury, Massachusetts.