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More about the future of lower-tier missile defense radar

White Sands Missile Range was the location of the summer Sense-Off where Raytheon's LTAMDS was put to the test.

You might have heard that the U.S. Army held a competition to help decide how it will replace the Patriot™ missile defense system radar with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, or LTAMDS. We recently told you seven insights you need to know about Raytheon’s LTAMDS proposal. Well, for round two, here are more factoids:


Raytheon’s LTAMDS can see wider and further than the current Patriot radar. We can’t tell you how much further, because that is classified, but it's enough to deliver what the military calls an expanded battlespace.


We are using a high-tech, virtual environment - or CAVE, to use its acronym. Raytheon’s CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment is a 3-D, immersive design center where engineers develop advanced tech using virtual reality. Raytheon engineers can visually conceive what they’re working on and collaborate over long distances. This lets them manipulate engineering designs, walk into and around mechanical structures, and perform a variety of complex tests even without a physical prototype. The CAVE helped to facilitate the advanced LTAMDS design.


Robots are part of the team building Raytheon’s LTAMDS solution. The reliability of our robots keeps the cost down, speed up production and increase first-pass yield. They extend the skills of our engineers and hourly employees. Robots perform important but repetitive tasks, saving Raytheon employees time to focus on the complex work that demands a human touch. Not only does this keep costs down for the government, but helps get the radars out the door faster, an important factor in meeting the Army’s 2022 fielding date.

Published On: 02/21/2019
Last Updated: 05/30/2019