Raytheon Patriot Air and Missile Defense System has successful missile demonstration

The Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test-fired nine Patriot missiles on Wednesday during its annual Field Surveillance Program at McGregor Range in New Mexico.

The Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully tackled inbound and outbound unmanned air-breathing targets. This was the first FSP that incorporated PAC-2 missiles, the newly-released Post Deployment Build-7 software and Patriot's modernized radar with digital processing technology.

"All of our Patriot partners participate in the FSP as part of our Engineering Services Program and contribute randomly picked missiles from their inventory to verify the integrity of the missiles in the field through independent assessment," Vice President for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems division Ralph Acaba said. "Having each partner contribute a small number of missiles for testing is a cost-effective way to ensure the field readiness of the worldwide inventory of missiles that the global Patriot family relies on."

Patriot is a world renowned brand of air and missile defense systems. Its technology has capabilities to protect against a range of threats, including aircrafts, cruise missiles, tactical ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial weapons.

The Raytheon Company is the main contractor for Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems, which are used in 12 countries around the world. Raytheon is also the prime system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.