Raytheon to provide AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar system and computer algorithms to Saudi Arabia

June 30, 2020
The AN/TPY-2 radar detects and tracks ballistic missiles, and uses computer algorithms to discriminate between incoming armed missiles and decoys.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Engineers at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will build seven AN/TPY-2 ballistic-missile-hunting radar systems for Saudi Arabia under terms of a $2.3 billion contract announced Friday.

Officials of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., are asking the Raytheon Missiles & Defense segment in Woburn, Mass., to provide seven Army/Navy Transportable Surveillance and Control Model 2 radars, radar spares, obsolescence design, sustainment services, and initial contractor logistics support for Saudi Arabia.

The AN/TPY-2 radar is designed to detect, acquire, and track incoming ballistic missiles, and uses its powerful radar and complex computer algorithms to discriminate between incoming armed missiles and decoys.

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The AN/TPY-2 radar can be deployed in two different modes. In forward-based mode, the radar is based near hostile territory, and acquires ballistic missiles in boost phase, and then tracks and discriminates the threat, and passes critical information required by decision makers to the Command and Control Battle Management network.

When the AN/TPY-2 radar is deployed in terminal mode, the radar detects, acquires, tracks, and discriminates between armed missiles and decoys in the terminal phase.

The AN/TPY-2 operating in terminal-mode also leads the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system by guiding THAAD missiles to their targets.

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The AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band radar that helps defend against the more than 6,300 ballistic missiles of so-called rogue states and organizations that U.S. military experts say are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China, or Russia.

The AN/TPY-2 is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long-range acquisition, precision track, and discrimination of short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Raytheon officials say.

On this contract Raytheon will do the work in Woburn, Mass., and should be finished by August 2027. For more information contact Raytheon Missiles & Defense online at www.rtx.com, or the Missile Defense Agency at www.mda.mil.

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