Japan test firings of Patriot system deemed successful

Raytheon Company announced on Tuesday that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully completed test firings of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense.

The JASDF's Annual Service Practice took place from Sept. 21 to Nov. 2 at McGregor Range, N.M, and included firing the Patriot system in tactical mission scenarios.

"Raytheon is committed to supporting our partners in maintaining the operational readiness of their Patriot systems," Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense, said. "And the success of these annual exercises speaks to the dedicated teamwork of Japan's defense force, (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) and the U.S. Army, working together to ensure that Japan's force and Patriot systems are performing optimally to protect the country from evolving threats."

Japan is one of 12 nations that use the Patriot system as a component in missile and air defense programs.

The Patriot Air and Missile Defense System was contracted through MHI, which has a licensing agreement with Raytheon. Raytheon is the main contractor for the system, in addition to being the system administrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

Raytheon Company specializes in defense and security and provides state-of-the art electronics and systems integration. It also offers mission support services and manufactures command, control, communications and intelligence systems.