The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon a $551 million contract to begin production of the combat-proven Patriot air and missile defense system for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The contract was awarded on January 31, 2020.
“Raytheon’s Patriot provides the Kingdom of Bahrain and 16 other countries around the globe with a combat-proven system that protects citizens, infrastructure and armed forces from a broad spectrum of threats,” said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “Patriot works, has saved countless lives, and will continue to do so for many years because the system is constantly tested, modernized, upgraded and improved to stay ahead of the advancing threat.”
Last year, Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot system from the U.S. Army. This letter of offer and acceptance allowed the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for the production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles.
The agreement was signed following the approval by the U.S. State Department for the sale of Patriot missile systems to Bahrain under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The FMS package, worth around $2.5 billion, for which the approval was given included:
• 60 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles
• 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles with canisters,
• 9 M903 Launching Stations (LS)
• 5 Antenna Mast Groups (AMG)
• 3 Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III
• 2 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets (RS)
• 2 AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations (ECS)
The prime contractor for the PAC-3 Missile is Lockheed-Martin and, for the GEM-T missile is Raytheon.
Patriot Air and Missile Defense System
Raytheon’s Patriot is the most advanced tactical air and missile defense system in the world, providing protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Since it was first fielded, Patriot has been used by five nations in more than 250 combat engagements against manned and unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles. Since January of 2015, Patriot has intercepted more than 150 ballistic missiles in combat operations around the world; more than 90 of those intercepts involved the low-cost Raytheon-made Guidance Enhanced Missile family of surface-to-air missiles.
Seventeen nations have procured more than 240 Patriot fire units. The 17 Patriot Nations are the United States of America, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Greece, Spain, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Romania, Poland, Sweden and the Kingdom of Bahrain.