Pete Franklin, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), said, “The UEWR at Thule will build on the radars that we’ve already deployed to Beale Air Force Base in California and Royal Air Force Fylingdales in the UK, and will add significantly more surveillance coverage for the US missile defence mission.”
Raytheon IDS said it would integrate new electronics, computer hardware and mission software to upgrade the existing two-faced, phased array antenna facility at the remote site. Raytheon will also support integrated tests of the Thule UEWR, performing both missile defence and legacy missions.
The UEWR programme upgrades existing PAVE PAWS and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radars by adding missile defence capabilities while retaining legacy missile warning and space surveillance missions. UEWR provides midcourse target detection and tracking to protect against ballistic missile attacks.