TEWKSBURY, Mass. --- Raytheon Company's new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System has received the U.S. Army's final stamp of approval after undergoing stringent testing. During the testing, Patriot's performance was outstanding when subjected to challenging climatic and electromagnetic environments.
"This approval validates the modernized Patriot system's readiness to counter evolving threats and protect warfighters and allies in a combat situation," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "This will only build on the confidence that our Patriot partners have in the system's performance and reliability, a confidence we look forward to extending to the partners who join the Patriot family."
Since last year, the Patriot system has undergone the U.S. Army's rigorous testing of every component of the modernized system. Patriot performance consistently exceeded expectations in all eight flight tests in a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
Patriot is the world's most capable air and missile defense system, protecting against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.
Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.