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Raytheon helps MDA counter ballistic missile threat with delivery of 8th AN/TPY-2 radar

March 20, 2013
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Raytheon Co. delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America's friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles and discriminating between threats and non-threats.

"Delivering the vital AN/TPY-2 helps meet the growing demand for radars that can help defend the U.S. and its allies from the more than 5,500 ballistic missiles MDA estimates are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, Russiaor China," said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "The AN/TPY-2 has proven itself an indispensable component of our nation's ballistic missile defense and has performed flawlessly in every test to date against every category of ballistic missile, and in raid scenarios."

The AN/TPY-2 radar Raytheon delivered will serve in terminal mode as the fire control radar for the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system. Other forward-based AN/TPY-2's that are deployed around the globe cue the BMDS by detecting, tracking and discriminating enemy ballistic missiles in the ascent phase of flight.

About AN/TPY-2

AN/TPY-2 is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band Radar capable of providing long-range acquisition, precision track and discrimination of all classes of ballistic missiles, from Short-Range Ballistic Missiles to Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

  • AN/TPY-2 has performed flawlessly in both terminal and forward-based mode in all major tests.
  • On Oct. 25, 2012, two AN/TPY-2 radars – one terminal and one forward-based – participated in FTI-01, the MDA's largest and most complex exercise. In a complex raid scenario involving multiple targets, both radars met or exceeded all test objectives.
  • Forward-based AN/TPY-2's in Japan, Israel and Turkey are currently enabling the protection of the U.S., deployed troops, and U.S. friends and allies from the growing threat of short-, medium- and long-range missiles.

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