Air and missile defense sensor solution from Raytheon passes U.S. Army program review

TEWKSBURY, Mass. Raytheon has completed a program and technical review for its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) with the U.S. Army; LTAMDS is intended to eventually replace the AN/MPQ-65A Patriot radar.

As part of the program, will support U.S. Army efforts to complete LTAMDS concept development by solidifying performance specifications and refining cost and schedule as the program prepares to enter the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase; to date, the work has focused on delivering an LTAMDS solution to soldiers that meets operational requirements as fast as possible.

"Air and missile threats are maturing faster than ever before," said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Because soldiers in the field need new technology now, Raytheon is accelerating our potential LTAMDS solution so it is ready for delivery when needed."

The LTAMDS program is on a path toward the preliminary design review in fiscal year 2020.

Raytheon's prototype technology test bed -- located in Pelham, New Hampshire -- continually tests several systems planned for LTAMDS, and has more than 3,000 testing hours under its belt for LTAMDS. The testing environment allows the program team to determine key requirements, including optimal frequency band, prime power capacity, 360-degree surveillance and fire control, resiliency in contested environments, and reliability and maintainability.

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