Raytheon is offering a boosterless version of its SkyCeptor interceptor to Poland to fulfill the country’s Narew short-range air defense (SHORAD) requirements, the company announced.
The SkyCeptor hit-to-kill interceptor missile defeats short- to medium-range ballistic and cruise missiles and other advanced air defense threats with sheer force of impact rather than with a warhead. SkyCeptor’s infrared and active guidance for targeting makes it effective in all weather conditions.
The interceptor is a derivative of the Stunner two-stage, hit-to-kill missile that is in full-rate production for the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) and is proven to defeat all short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), representing 92 percent of the world’s theater ballistic missile threat inventory. Israel’s David’s Sling System is equipped with Stunner missiles.
Raytheon is also offering SkyCeptor with a booster for the second phase of Poland’s Wisla air and missile defense program. SkyCeptor for Wisla Phase II offers as much as 60 percent Polish industrial workshare, with the potential to grow should the interceptor be designated for the Narew program.
“Providing SkyCeptor for the Narew and Wisla programs underscores Raytheon’s commitment to collaborate with Polish industry and create advanced technology jobs for the Polish people,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president.