The shield gets stronger
Raytheon to provide early warning radar to Qatar
Qatar is adding a solid outer layer to its missile defense shield.
Under a new, $1.06 billion contract with the U.S. Air Force for the State of Qatar, Raytheon will reinforce that nation's missile defense by providing early warning radar, or EWR.
Early warning radar will add long-range detection to Qatar's layered Integrated Air and Missile Defense architecture, which includes Patriot systems and an Air Defense Operation Center.
"EWR is a logical addition to the truly layered system the Qataris are building,” said Bill Marcley, Raytheon's director of Qatar IAMD Systems.
A layered defense takes fuller advantage of the specialized abilities of different radars and interceptors. EWR strengthens a defense shield built on the Patriot system because it detects a threat at very long range. That provides extra warning time to alert command centers and cue fire control systems.
The EWR is designed to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with very few operators and maintainers.