Defense contractor Raytheon has delivered its ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency. According to a press release, the system was delivered six months ahead of schedule.
AN/TPY-2 is a crucial component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is a mobile X-band radar which protects civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., as well as deployed warfighters, allied nations and security partners, from the growing ballistic missile threat. According to U.S. intelligence, there are more than 6,300 ballistic missiles not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia. The number is projected to reach nearly 8,000 by 2020.
“Delivering this ninth radar is crucial because our nation’s enemies continue to improve and proliferate their ballistic missile technology and tactics,” said Raytheon’s Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems’ Global Integrated Sensors business area. “The AN/TPY-2 consistently demonstrates its ability to pace the evolving threat, and test after test has proven it effectively defends against every category of ballistic missile.”
As the press release notes, the radar will be integrated into the U.S. Army’s fourth Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense battery.