Raytheon begins building new missile defense radar for U.S.

Raytheon Company, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based global technology business, announced on Wednesday that it began building a new missile defense radar for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Raytheon began building the 12th AN-TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar after receiving a $172.7 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. AN-TPY is a mobile, high-resolution and quickly deployable X-band radar that is able to provide long-range acquisition, discrimination and precision tracking of short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

According to Raytheon, AN/TPY-2 is an important part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The radar helps to defend against more than 6,300 ballistic missiles that are not controlled by the U.S., Russia, China or NATO, according to MDA estimates.

"Beginning production of a 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar is so important because this X-band sensor is the backbone of U.S. missile defense around the globe," Dave Gulla, the vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, said. "The U.S., our warfighters, allies and security partners can count on the AN/TPY-2 because it has performed flawlessly in every test to date against all categories of ballistic missiles."

Raytheon said it takes the company approximately 27 months from contract award date to build, test and deliver an AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar.

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