Raytheon announces upgrade to AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense system

Raytheon Company announced on Oct. 23 that it has begun upgrading signal and data processing equipment for the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense.

The AN/TPY-2 missile defense system is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar that provides long-range acquisition, precision tracking and determination of short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The upgrade will enhance radar performance and allow the computer of the radar system to more quickly and accurately distinguish between threats and non-threats.

The AN/TPY-2 is an essential element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which helps protect the United States, warfighters and America's allies and security partners from more than 6,300 ballistic missiles that are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia.

Raytheon Vice President of Global Integrated Sensors Dave Gulla said the security of the U.S. and its allies depends on having reliable and capable systems like the AN/TPY-2 to help counter the growing ballistic missile threat.

"Raytheon is building on the AN/TPY-2's record of outstanding performance by improving the system because rogue states are constructing more ballistic missiles that have longer ranges and are increasingly more sophisticated," Gulla said.

The upgrade will be inserted into new radar systems that the company is building for the U.S. The new computer has approximately five times the processing power, weighs less, uses less power and takes up less space than the older system.