The 17 user countries of Patriot air defense system are investing a total of app. €2.1 billion in a joint development of five tranches. The third tranche with a volume of €289 million has now been initiated by the U.S. Army on behalf of the user countries. Raytheon has been commissioned to provide comprehensive engineering services – including system, software and hardware development, integration and testing services – configuration management and logistical support.
The Patriot Post Deployment Build 8.1 project will incorporate a number of software and hardware capabilities. These include:
- New and advanced methods for searching, detecting, tracking, distinguishing, fighting, and defeating a wide range of evolving threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and fighter aircraft.
- Integration of the Warfighter-Machine Interface (WMI) command and control technology into Patriot. WMI provides an overview of the battlefield, including 3D visualizations, easy-to-read status pages and search functions.
Raytheon will also provide the following services under the contract:
- Enhance Patriot’s resilience to evolving cyber threats.
- Developing solutions to increase uptime and reduce life cycle costs by improving system reliability, and
- Replacing obsolete components of Patriot’s communications system that allow Patriots to operate reliably until the U.S. Army’s new command and control system for integrated air and missile defense is operational.
The 17 states operating Patriot systems are:
- Korea, Republic of
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America