Raytheon to offer Poland low-cost Patriot interceptor
SkyCeptor is highly advanced, hit-to-kill missile
Raytheon is offering SkyCeptor™, a low-cost interceptor, with the Polish Patriot™ Integrated Air and Missile Defense System.
The SkyCeptor interceptor is a new, highly advanced, hit-to-kill missile, developed to defeat short- to medium-range ballistic and cruise missiles and other advanced air defense threats.
Poland requested a low-cost interceptor option as part of the interest it expressed in acquiring Patriot. Polish industry would co-develop and produce the system with Raytheon.
“We’ve listened to our allies in Poland, and we’re doing everything we can to meet their needs,” said Dr. Mitch Stevison, vice president of Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Systems. “SkyCeptor will give Polish air defenders a hit-to-kill capability at a fraction of the cost of current options.”
Patriot is an integrated radar, launcher and command and control system that protects against aircraft, drones and ballistic or cruise missiles.
Raytheon unveiled the SkyCeptor interceptor during MSPO, an international defense industry exhibition in Poland.
“Missile defense is a complicated challenge because it’s cheap and easy to create threats, but difficult and expensive to defend against them,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Air and Missile Defense. “Missile defense systems need to become more cost-effective, and integration of SkyCeptor into Poland's Patriot is a step in the right direction.”
The SkyCeptor interceptor is based on the Stunner hit-to-kill missile, currently in full-rate production. It will be the newest hit-to-kill weapon in the Patriot family, which includes the PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE missiles, which destroy threats by the sheer force of collision. Also in the family is the GEM-T interceptor, which uses a blast fragmentation warhead to obliterate tactical and ballistic missiles or manned and unmanned aircraft. All four missiles can be fired from the same launcher.
“We’re redefining the price tag on what are traditionally very expensive missile defense capabilities,” said John Baird, vice president of Raytheon’s Poland programs. “SkyCeptor gives Poland a much more cost-effective option to take out the threat.”
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