Patriot radar gets digital processor upgrades from Raytheon

LONDON. Raytheon won a $235.5 million contract to provide Radar Digital Processor (RDP) kits for upgrading the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the U.S. and two partner nations.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., awarded the contract, which looks to improve target detection and identification, enhance surveillance, and support the PAC-3 MSE missile. the RDP upgrades also will see a 40 percent gain in overall reliability due to increased Mean Time Between Failure (). Under the latest contract will be decreasing the number of battery replaceable units from 759 to 56, which will substantially reduce spares and maintenance costs over the life of the system.

Work under this contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass. Raytheon is the prime contractor for domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems as well as the system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

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