The combat-proven Patriot is the world’s most advanced air and missile defense system. With over 200 fire units fielded worldwide, it is a system of choice for 12 nations around the globe, including the U.S. and five NATO nations.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is the prime contractor for Patriot — a long-range, high-altitude, all-weather system — and the systems integrator for the PAC-3 missile.
All Patriot system components provide the warfighter a reliable and lethal capability to defeat advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and UAVs in current and future operational combat environments.
Patriot systems are interoperable and enable the U.S. and its allies to create a comprehensive air and missile defense capability to respond to evolving threats around the world. Affordable and reliable, Patriot can be integrated into existing systems to become part of a larger integrated air and missile defense architecture.
The growing list of partners includes the U.S., Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Greece, Spain, Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
Recently, Raytheon successfully completed the first test flight of the new ground-up production Patriot Guidance-Enhanced Missile – Tactical (GEM-T). The GEM-T test is part of the Patriot modernization story, where Raytheon is building Patriot from the ground-up for partner countries like UAE and Taiwan.
Today’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System is the result of continual technology upgrades and ongoing modernization. Contracts for new-build fire units and upgrades to currently fielded systems led to the complete modernization of Patriot; thereby, improving capabilities, eliminating obsolescence and enabling an open, netted and distributed architecture. This created a truly next-generation Patriot. Some of the significant improvements include Patriot software and hardware components, such as the Radar Digital Processor (RDP), Modern Adjunct Processor (MAP), Modern Man Station (MMS) as well as integration of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile integration.
The introduction of the new RDP provides the added benefit of Digital Track Via Missile (TVM) guidance. It eliminates obsolete components within the Patriot radar, provides a twelve-fold improvement in mean time between failure and increases radar processing efficiency over the existing Configuration-3 radar.
The Modern Adjunct Processor (MAP) vastly improves the computing power of the Patriot system and sets the conditions for future technology insertions.
The MMS replaces current Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology with 30” color LCD displays with touch screens and introduces Soft Keys to enable future switch configurations and tactical screens via software upgrades. This will lead to more rapid and efficient tactical decisions and decrease the probability of confusion and fratricide.