Raytheon missile defense radars designed to fit specific needs
"We build the radars as large as they need to be for a specific threat-set," Raytheon employee and former U.S. Army Air and Missile Defender Jim Bedingfield said. "Radars that have a global mission are going to be huge, but if we're talking about regional defense, we deliberately make them smaller."
Raytheon has developed a family of ballistic missile defense sensors, which range in size from being as large as an office building to as small as a golf ball in a multitude of different environments. The Sea-based X-band Radar is 10-stories high and sits in the ocean atop a converted oil rig, while the JLENS radars are carried through the air on two 80-yard long blimps. Each one of Raytheon's radars serves a specific purpose to counter a particular threat.
"Depending on the region, the country and the specific threats faced, we'll build a radar sized to meet the unique requirements," Bedingfield said.
Some radars require tens of thousands of transmitters to electronically monitor threats. Raytheon also offers X-Band technology, which is highly sensitive but smaller in size, making it portable and precise in its measurements.
The X-Band technology is sensitive enough to discriminate between real threats and false alarms. The X-Band system also features AN/TPY-2 technology, providing powerful defense capabilities in a transportable size.