Last Updated: 10/26/2012*
Raytheon missiles, radars and other systems played critical roles in the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's largest live-fire missile defense test in history today. Referred to as Flight Test Integrated-01 (FTI-01), the test near the Kwajalein Atoll simulated an all-out missile attack.
“This is the most sophisticated test of our ballistic missile defense capabilities ever attempted,” said Tom Kennedy, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president. “Raytheon’s radars, missiles and integrated systems are an indispensable part of our nation’s missile defense architecture.”
During the test, Raytheon’s AN/TPY-2 X band radar detected a medium range ballistic missile target and provided cues to the THAAD weapon, enabling a successful intercept. Raytheon’s Patriot system detected, tracked and successfully intercepted a short range ballistic missile target with a PAC-3 interceptor and a low flying cruise missile target over water . The company’s Standard Missile-2 was fired from the USS FITZGERALD and engaged a low-flying cruise missile. A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 also participated in the test.
Patriot is the world’s most capable air and missile defense system, protecting against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is owned and operated by 12 nations around the globe. Raytheon is both the prime contractor for domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and the system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Playing a vital role in missile defense, AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band phased-array radar. The radar searches, acquires and tracks threat ballistic missiles, and is sophisticated enough to discriminate between threats and non-threats such as decoys.
In forward based mode, AN/TPY-2 detects and tracks an enemy ballistic missile starting at boost (ascent) phase of flight, which is shortly after the missile is launched.
In terminal mode, AN/TPY-2 serves as the search, track, discrimination and fire control radar for the THAAD weapon system. Forward-based AN/TPY-2’s in Japan, Israel and Turkey are currently enabling the protection of the U.S., deployed troops, and the U.S.’s friends and allies from the growing threat of short-, medium- and long-range missiles.
About Standard Missile-2
The tried-and-true SM-2 is renowned for its role as the U.S. Navy’s primary, medium-range area air defense weapon. SM-2 is also the primary air defense weapon for eight allied navies. It protects ships by providing defense against advanced high- and low-altitude anti-ship missile threats.
About Standard Missile-3
Launched from U.S. and Japan navy cruisers and destroyers equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense weapon system, SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space by colliding with them. Often described as “hitting a bullet with a bullet,” the collision in space is similar to the impact between two 10-ton trucks both traveling at 600 mph.
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