Toward a Stronger Europe
Air and Missile Defense Tech Meets Complex Threats
Europe is keeping a closer eye on its skies.
Air and missile defense was high on the agenda as top officials from NATO and European nations gathered for the Berlin Security Conference in early December. The event, Europe’s leading security forum, came as a number of the region’s nations are working to upgrade their air and missile defense systems to meet today’s threats.
Raytheon is helping that effort by offering state-of-the-art upgrades across Europe, including improvements to the combat-proven Patriot air and missile defense system and flexible applications of the Standard Missile-3, which destroys ballistic missiles in space. Importantly, the company’s strategy is to work with European partners to help build capability in the region that is compatible with national and NATO architectures.
“European countries want solutions that involve highly technical and sophisticated contributions from their own industry,” said Pietr Lindahl, Raytheon senior manager for missile defense systems and business development for Europe. “They have a very sophisticated technological industrial base and have fielded a broad range of leading-edge sensors and systems that are complementary with U.S. developments.”
In Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, Raytheon is working with European industry to offer efficient combinations of new and upgraded radars, missiles and command-and-control systems that include European-developed systems and technologies. In Poland, the company is poised to help a national effort to modernize the military by replacing legacy equipment with state-of-the-art systems developed in partnership with Polish industry.
In Romania, the United States is deploying a land-based version of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 to protect European territory and populations from ballistic missile attacks. Raytheon has also developed a digital data link that would allow more European ships to use sea-based SM-3s, adding flexibility to the NATO Missile Defense Architecture.
Germany, long an air and missile defense leader in Europe, has relied on Patriot anti-missile defense for decades. Raytheon is offering to modernize those legacy systems with, among other features, a 360-degree radar that uses fixed, staring arrays to maintain a steady gaze in all directions at once; flexible, role-selectable command and control systems; and the ability to use all of the missiles in Germany’s Air Force inventory, including GEM, PAC-3 and new missiles like MSE and IRIS/T-SL in an economical mix to match any threat.
Raytheon is also prepared to integrate some of elements and technologies of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), so that maximum use is made of all the investments from both Patriot and MEADS which Germany has made in air and missile defense over the years.
“We want to ensure Germany gets a return on its investment, and we are absolutely willing to work with German industry to ensure retention of capacities in air and missile defense, along with job growth,” said Bruce Eggers, German capture lead for Raytheon. “Patriot enjoys the partnership of 13 nations, which allows for cost-sharing, continual improvement and overmatching of threats – and provides the lowest-risk solution in half the time and at a third of the cost of the competition.”
Modernization of proven technology is a key to rapid, cost-effective deployment. Take Poland as an example. Raytheon has a three-phase offer to quickly provide lower-tier defense:
• First, delivery of modernized Patriot units right off the factory floor;
• Second, next-generation Patriot technology like the 360-degree advanced radar and common command and control; and
• Third, integration of other missile types and incorporation of a low-cost interceptor.
“Our plan puts 50 percent of the work in Poland in an industrial participation plan,” said John Baird, Raytheon’s vice president of Poland Integrated Air and Missile Defense. “And it is readily available for export to the other nations that have Patriot. They have a built-in export market.”
Across the region, Raytheon systems can provide multi-layered defense, a critically important consideration on the rapidly evolving world stage.
“Layered defense provides defense-in-depth against many different threats,” Raytheon’s Lindahl said. "You need that robustness in a complex threat environment."