Raytheon receives a $2bn order from undisclosed country for Patriot air defense missile system

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Raytheon receives a $2bn order from undisclosed country for Patriot air defense missile system
Raytheon Company announced on Friday, April 17, it has been awarded a contract worth over $2.0 billion to deliver the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System to an undisclosed international customer. The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system is already in use in several different countries, such as Spain, Germany and South Korea.
     
Raytheon receives a 2bn order from undisclosed country for Patriot air defense missile system 640 001Japan Self-Defense Forces' MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 Air Defense Missile Systems
     
The contract, awarded on April 2, 2015 and booked in the second quarter as a direct commercial sale, includes fully digitized new-production Patriot fire units with the latest technology for improved threat detection, identification and engagement. The contract also includes a full training package and support equipment.

"In the past five months Qatar, Korea and now this international partner have all chosen Raytheon's Global Patriot solution because they have confidence in the world's most advanced air and missile defense system," said Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Including this most recent contract, Raytheon has booked more than $5 billion in international Patriot orders since late December 2014."

In its latest variant, the Patriot carried with it a new missile design, nominally known as MIM-104F and called PAC-3 by the US Army. Due to miniaturization, a single canister can hold four PAC-3 missiles (as opposed to one PAC-2 missile per canister). The PAC-3 upgrade has effectively quintupled the "footprint" that a Patriot unit can defend against ballistic missiles of all types, and has considerably increased the system's lethality and effectiveness against ballistic missiles. It has also increased the scope of ballistic missiles that Patriot can engage, which now includes several intermediate range.

 

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