Contract modification asks for radar digital processors upgrade kit for U.S. Army Patriot system

TEWKSBURY, Mass. In a contract modification, Raytheon will provide radar digital processor upgrade kits to the U.S. Army for the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system. This will enable the Army to finish upgrading its Patriot inventory.

The legacy processor has over 700 components, while the upgraded radar digital processor has less than 100, officials say.

"When one country develops an upgrade or improvement to Patriot, that capability is made available to the entire 13-nation Partnership," says Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "With more than 220 Patriot fire units owned by 13 countries, countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

The U.S. Army began phasing the upgrade kits into its Patriot fleet in 2013 and with this current modification the contract amount is to not exceed $86.2 million.

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